Pain: Other

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

A separate small study has investigated the effect of attending Alexander lessons on pain caused by knee osteoarthritis:

4. Reductions in co-contraction following neuromuscular re-education in people with knee osteoarthritis

I would not say I am a fan of the technique – I am a disciple. For many years I suffered with chronic neck pain following a horse riding accident. When my HR manager recommended the Alexander Technique I was intrigued. Her father, a stroke victim, had experienced an incredible recovery from practising the Technique – to the point where he no longer needed a walking stick. After the first lesson I felt a dramatic difference; my neck felt long and free like a giraffe.

Annette Shaw

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