The Alexander Technique and musicians: a systematic review of controlled trials

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The Alexander Technique and musicians: a systematic review of controlled trials

The results of the systematic review were published on 24 October 2014. The review was aimed to evaluate the evidence for the effectiveness of AT sessions on musicians'performance, anxiety, respiratory function and posture.

The review concluded the following:

A variety of outcome measures have been used to investigate the effectiveness of AT sessions in musicians. Evidence from RCTs and CTs suggests that AT sessions may improve performance anxiety in musicians. Effects on music performance, respiratory function and posture yet remain inconclusive. Future trials with well-established study designs are warranted to further and more reliably explore the potential of AT in the interest of musicians.

To read the entire paper go to: www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6882-14-414.pdf.

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