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Scientific Research

Alexander Technique Science - Peer Reviewed Research on Mind, Movement and Posture

 

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. View a summary of the study and testimonials from participants individuals on YouTube.

 

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.

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How to Learn the Alexander Technique: A Manual for Students by Barbara and William Conable

 

Body Learning by Michael Gelb

 

Jessica Wolf’s The Art of Breathing DVD

 

Use of the Self by F.M. Alexander (Chapter 1 – Evolution of a Technique)*

* please note that F.M. Alexander's writings are problematic for several reasons - including explicit racism. While this suggested chapter is of specific interest, we disavow any association with his expressed values that do not honor and value the equity of all humanity.

 

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Recommended Readings

 
 

Resources for Self-Study

At Phila Online Courses

Move Free, Think Free REFRESH (for Remote Workers)

 

Move Free, Feel Free (for Musicians)

 

BodyLearning Podcast

 

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