Alexander Technique Effective for Back Pain

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In a study published in Family Practice researchers concluded that the Alexander technique was considered effective by most patients. The Alexander Technique is a method of teaching bodily awareness and reducing muscle tension. Patients are taught standing and sitting postures and how to move correctly.

Researchers at the University of Southampton and Bristol surveyed patients to determine their expectations of and experiences with the Alexander technique and prescribed exercises. One hundred eighty three people who had received lessons in the Alexander technique returned questionnaires and 176 who had received prescribed exercises returned them. A follow up questionnaire was completed 3 months after the first and many of the subjects were interviewed. Findings included positive expectations of both groups at the beginning of the study that remained the same for the exercise group after 3 months. However, the expectations were higher after 3 months for the Alexander technique group. This group believed they had learned how to manage their back pain and the method fit well into their lifestyle.

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