Scientific Research

(Taken with permission from Eileen Troberman’s website: Alexander Technique San Diego)

Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain

Conclusions: One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.

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The Alexander Technique: An Alternative Therapy for Chronic Back Pain – Johns Hopkins Medicine – Health Alerts

Conclusions: “If you have chronic back pain and you find that pain medication, physical therapy and regular exercise don’t provide you with sufficient long-term relief, you may want to consider an alternative movement therapy called the Alexander technique.”

Increased dynamic regulation of postural tone through Alexander Technique training

Conclusions: …changes in static levels of postural tone may have contributed to the reduced stiffness observed with the AT, our results suggest that dynamic modulation of postural tone can be enhanced through long-term training in the AT, which may constitute an important direction for therapeutic intervention.

The Alexander Technique training program resulted in significant improvement in posture and trunk and shoulder endurance

Conclusions: “Improved endurance and posture during surgery reduces the occurrence of surgical fatigue. Intra-operative fatigue has been shown to be associated with surgical errors. AT training has the potential to reduce the occurrence of fatigue-related surgical errors.”

Improvement in automatic postural coordination following Alexander Technique lessons in a person with low back pain

Conclusions: The client was tested monthly for 4 months before AT lessons and for 3 months after lessons. Before lessons, she consistently had laterally asymmetric automatic postural responses to translations. After AT lessons the magnitude and asymmetry of her responses and balance improved and her low back pain decreased.

Preliminary evidence that neuromuscular education reduces low back pain and improves coordination of automatic postural adjustments

Conclusions: Testing over several months prior to lessons revealed consistent abnormalities (large lateral asymmetries) in standing spinal curvature, automatic postural responses and balance. After lessons, these abnormalities were largely absent, balance improved and the subject¹s pain was greatly reduced. These improvements suggest that, in some cases, back pain can be caused or perpetuated by poor motor control, and that methods in proprioceptive awareness and education, like the Alexander Technique, can be effective in improving motor control and reducing back pain.

Functional Reach Improvement in Normal Older Women After Alexander Technique Instruction

Conclusions: AT instruction may be effective in improving balance and therefore reducing the incidence of falls in normal older women.