Chronic Pain

In addition to studies exclusively involving people with chronic back or neck pain, several studies have assessed the effect of Alexander lessons for people with generalised chronic pain.

1. Evaluation of the effect of Alexander lessons in a pain clinic setting

Two other studies have been published that include Alexander Technique instruction for people with generalised chronic pain as part of a multidisciplinary approach:

2. Early Experiences of a Multidisciplinary Pain Management Programme

3. Multidisciplinary approach to chronic back pain: prognostic elements of the outcome

At about the age of 45, I began to experience severe pain in both of my knees. I was told I had damaged the cartilage, initially caused by the use of a kicking strap on a sailing dinghy, and made worse by many years of beagling, and to stop beagling or risk ending up in a wheelchair. A few years later a friend suggested the Alexander Technique. At first I was very sceptical, but had also reached the stage where I was ready to try virtually any means to solve the problem. A few weeks after my first lesson, I had gone out beagling, but only walking.

Chris Walsh

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