I never thought I could do that…”: Outcomes from an Alexander Technique pilot group for older people with a fear of falling

European Journal of Integrative Medicine 2018;17:79–85

Glover L, Kinsey D, Clappison DJ, Jomeen J

 

This small-scale pilot study investigated changes following, and acceptability of, Alexander group classes for older people with a fear of falling. Although results from the quantitative outcome measures did not show significant changes, focus group data suggested some quite profound changes for the individuals who took part. The reported improvements were in movement, mood and confidence. The findings suggest that participating in Alexander group classes can change older people’s awareness of themselves and their surroundings and allow them to feel more secure. This awareness combined with acceptance of their limitations led participants to feel empowered to make adjustments to their activity and review their priorities.

 

Read the abstract of the paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876382017302354

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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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