Scientific trial results

    Back Pain

    In 2008 the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published the results of a randomised controlled trial, funded by the Medical Research Council and the NHS Research and Development fund, performed by Southampton University and published in the British Medical Journal. This  showed that one-to-one Alexander Technique lessons with a registered teacher are effective for those in chronic back pain. The video below explains how lessons increase awareness of how we use our bodies, especially our backs, which in turn reduces stress, tension and effort. Additionally, it mentions that the continuity of lessons is important when chronic pain is involved.

    Neck Pain

    Then there is the randomised controlled trial called ATLAS (Alexander Technique Lessons and Acupuncture Sessions) run by the Department of Health Services at the University of York and funded by Arthritis Research UK. It’s aim was to study the clinical effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons for those with chronic neck pain. The results showed that there was a statistically significant and clinically relevant reduction in pain even after a year of the initial lessons.

    Also the results of a a smaller randomised controlled trial about the efficacy of the Alexander Technique in treating chronic non-specific neck pain.

    Parkinson’s

    Randomized controlled trial of the Alexander Technique for idiopathic Parkinson’s disease

    Postural Tone

    Research into how postural tone can be improved by taking Alexander Technique lessons and training