An Alexander Technique definition for health care providers
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'Lessons in the Alexander technique are an individualized approach to develop lifelong skills for self care that help people recognize, understand, and avoid poor habits affecting postural tone and neuromuscular coordination.'
'Lessons involve continuous personalized assessment of the individual patterns of habitual musculoskeletal use when stationary and in movement; paying particular attention to release of unwanted head, neck, and spinal muscle tension. Feedback from hand contact and verbal instruction is used to teach people to independently improve musculoskeletal use in daily life and professional activities.' (BMJ, 2008).
A Few Alexander Technique Studies:
Medical and Health‐Related Conditions Systematic Review (Abstract)- Evidence for the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons in medical and health-related conditions: a systematic review. International journal of clinical practice (2012).
Chronic and Recurrent Back Pain Randomized controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain. British Medical Journal (2008).
Parkinson's Lighten UpSpecific Postural Instructions Affect Axial Rigidity and Step Initiation in Patients With Parkinson’s Disease (Small study looking into the mechanism involved in Alexander Technique lesson. Journal of Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair (NNR) (2015).
Quick links helpful for patients:
Article (3min) - Short Alexander Technique Overview: Harvard Health Publication
Video clip (6min) - from the British Medical Journal re: Back Pain and the Alexander Technique
Want to review more of the literature?
Here's a collection of some research on the Alexander Technique. If this is your cup of tea I hope this helps you better connect with some of what's out there. Please get in touch if you have any questions:
Some Research On The Alexander Technique
- Chronic Neck Pain Alexander Technique Lessons or Acupuncture Sessions for Persons With Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Trial (2015)
- Medical and Health‐Related Conditions Evidence for the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons in medical and health-related conditions: a systematic review (2012)
- Chronic and Recurrent Back Pain Randomized controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain (2007)
- Musicians and Performance Anxiety The Alexander Technique and musicians: a systematic review of controlled trials (2014)
- Parkinson's disease (2015) Lighten UpSpecific Postural Instructions Affect Axial Rigidity and Step Initiation in Patients With Parkinson’s Disease
- Parkinson's disease Randomized controlled trial of the Alexander technique forIdiopathic Parkinson's disease.Clinical rehabilitation (2002)
- Parkinson's disease Retention of skills learnt in Alexander technique lessons: 28 people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (2005)
Some Research Happening Now
- Alexander Technique with Physiotherapy for Back Pain Alexander technique and Supervised Physiotherapy Exercises in back pain (ASPEN): a four-group randomized feasibility trial
- Alexander Technique for Pain A service evaluation of Alexander Technique lessons for Pain Clinic Patients: An approach to pain management.
- Surgeons postural and ergonomic skills enhancement. A follow up study to...The impact of the Alexander Technique on Improving Posture and Surgical Ergonomics during minimally invasive surgery: pilot study.
- Knee osteoarthritis Pilot study of the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons for this population.
Research On How A.T Works
- Neuro-mechanical interference of posture on movement: evidence from Alexander technique teachers rising from a chair.
- Prolonged weight-shift and altered spinal coordination during sit-to-stand in practitioners of the Alexander Technique.
- Increased dynamic regulation of postural tone through Alexander Technique training.
- Improvement in automatic postural coordination following Alexander Technique lessons in a person with low back pain.
Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique Research Page and Directory
Above is the website of the UK Alexander Technique governing body. I've linked you right to a nicely organized page that contains a lot of decently up to date research. It also includes some nice writing on the early history of 'science and the Alexander Technique'.
Above is a website being developed in collaboration with the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. It aims to develop a platform for further publication and research opportunities to further understanding the Alexander Technique.