Alexander Technique definition for health care providers
'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).
Research on The Alexander Technique:
Medical and Health‐Related Conditions Systematic Review - 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).
MORE RESEARCH can be found here: A research directory on the UK Alexander Technique governing body’s website.
Quick links 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
*For more specific questions regarding if the Alexander Technique would be beneficial for your patients (or yourself) please get in touch directly.