Preliminary evidence for feasibility, efficacy, and mechanisms of Alexander technique group classes for chronic neck pain.

Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2018;39:80–86

Becker JJ, Copeland SL, Botterbusch EL, Cohen RG

This small pilot non-controlled study explored the potential of group Alexander Technique teaching for people with persistent neck pain. Reductions in neck pain were observed and these were associated with participants’ ability following the classes to lessen excessive muscular tension.  These findings show the value in further research on group teaching in this setting.

 

Link to abstract: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S096522991830102X?via…

Neck Pain

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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