Enhanced respiratory muscular function in normal adults after lessons in proprioceptive musculoskeletal education without exercises

Chest 1992 Aug;102(2):486-90.

Austin JH, Ausubel P.

Department of Radiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York 10032.


This study evaluated the effect of Alexander Technique lessons on respiratory function in healthy people. Ten volunteers received at least 20 one-to-one Alexander lessons from teachers trained by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (which is affiliated with STAT). Another ten volunteers acted as controls and received no intervention. 

In the Alexander Technique group significant changes were observed between the beginning of the study and the assessment (after approximately 7 months) in four out of seven different measurements of respiratory function. In contrast, there were no significant changes in the control group. These findings suggest that Alexander Technique lessons may lead to some improvement in respiratory muscular strength and endurance. However, further research is needed to confirm the results of this small study and to find out whether Alexander Technique lessons lead to improved respiratory function in people with breathing difficulties, such as people with asthma.

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