The Evidence for the effectiveness of lessons in the Alexander Technique in medical and health-related conditions: a systematic review

International Journal of Clinical Practice  2012;66:98–112 
    Woodman JP and Moore NR.
     
     

    BRIEF SUMMARY

    This study used a systematic approach to find and review all the available evidence that has been published on the use of Alexander Technique lessons in areas related to health.

    The review found strong evidence that one-to-one Alexander lessons are effective for people with chronic back pain. Back pain and the associated disability were significantly reduced and the improvement maintained long term. There was also a moderate level of evidence that one-to-one Alexander lessons are effective in helping reduce the disability associated with Parkinson’s disease. Preliminary evidence was found to suggest that Alexander lessons may be effective for a diverse range of other health-related conditions but the results came from small studies and need to be confirmed in larger trials.  

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    Health and well-being
    Pain: Other

    I have been taking lessons for a few years now. Right from the first lesson my chronic back pain improved and I was moving more smoothly. After a lesson I always feel lighter, more positive and more confident. The Alexander Technique has helped me to realise that I have a choice about how I use my body. This awareness has spread to other areas of my life and I now feel more in control of myself and my life.

    Susan White

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