Scientific trial results & research

    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

    A new research article demonstrates that Alexander lessons enable people to improve the way they live and care for themselves, and so reduce neck pain

    A further publication from the ATLAS neck pain trial concludes that Alexander lessons lead to long-term improvements in the way people live their daily lives and manage their pain.

    It reports a positive outcome from learning the AT on people’s self-efficacy and ability for self-care, and highlights the correlation between these improvements and the long-term improvements in chronic neck pain.

    One of the authors, Professor Hugh MacPherson from the University of York, describes it as a “landmark study for many years to come” and has said that it “really does set out the role of self-care and self-efficacy as key components related to the benefits of the AT”.

    ATLAS (Alexander Technique Lessons and Acupuncture Sessions) randomised controlled trial 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