Back problems

The Alexander Technique offers significant, long-term benefits to the problem of back pain.

Back pain is a national problem. It is one of the most common causes of long-term sickness among workers in the UK.

  • Almost half the adult population of the UK (49%) report low back pain lasting for at least 24 hours at some time in the year and the National Health Service spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs (www.backcare.org.uk)
  • About 8 in 10 people in the UK suffer one or more bouts of lower back pain during their lives. (www.patient.co.uk)
  • According to the NHS, approximately 2.8 million working days were lost in 2013/14 (http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/musculoskeletal/msd.pdf).

Learning the Alexander Technique can help to prevent or alleviate conditions associated with tension, poor body use and bad posture, often the causes of back pain.

A randomised controlled trial for patients with chronic low back pain was published in the British Medical Journal in 2008. It showed that 24 Alexander Technique lessons led to a significant reduction in pain from 21 days to 3 days per month, and an improvement in functioning and quality of life by "limiting muscle spasm, strengthening postural muscles, improving co-ordination and flexibility and decompressing the spine".

 

A further analysis of this study shows how AT lessons could be a cost effective approach to long-term relief of back pain.

One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.

Paul Little et al., BMJ 2008;337:a884

I'm a 40 year old man who works as a support worker. I was suffering from sciatic pain for a few years. I had tried many methods to alleviate the pain, including various exercises, but these only brought short-term relief. One day when I was looking for some natural medicine to ease the pain, I came across the Alexander Technique. I initially booked a course, which relieved my sciatic pain, and I now have regular sessions. I recommend the Alexander Technique, especially to anyone who has suffered from sciatica or posture difficulties. It has helped me to be more mindful how I move around, and how I sit and stand. I see a big difference with pain relief since I’ve started lessons in the Alexander Technique.

Pawel Kluzowski, Support Worker
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