Research

Research

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British Medical Journal Study on Back Pain and the Alexander Technique
Determining the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons versus massage therapy and exercise for patients with chronic or recurrent back pain.

Enhanced Respiratory Function and the Alexander Technique
Research study published in Chest Medical Journal. First scientific study of the Alexander Technique of the Alexander Technique and respiratory function using control subjects. The results show statistically significant improvement in standard measures of respiratory function after a course of Alexander lessons. Dr Austin considered it “The most important paper I have ever written.”

Increased dynamic regulation of postural tone through Alexander Technique training, published in Human Movement Science
Looking at Alexander Technique teachers alongside age-matched control subjects, this study measured resistance in the hips, trunk, and neck to very slow twisting during standing, to quantify postural tone.

Pain Management and the Alexander Technique, a study by UWE Bristol
An experiment on the therapeutic value of the Alexander Technique for relieving chronic back pain, with findings that suggest an improvement in pain management and overall quality of life for students of the technique.

Neuromechanical Interference of posture on movement, published by Journal of Neurophysiology
Exploring the differences between how trained Alexander Technique teachers rise from chairs versus untrained adults in relation to postural stiffness.

Alexander Technique and Occupational Risk Prevention, published by Foment del Treball Nacional de Catalunya
How the Alexander Technique has been used worldwide to prevent occupational risk.

Prolonged weight-shift and altered spinal coordination during sit-to-stand in practitioners of the Alexander Technique
A comparison of Alexander Technique teachers versus healthy untrained adults to achieve smoother, more continuous, and efficient movement. 

Randomized controlled trial of the Alexander technique for idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, published by Clinical Rehabilitation
A study on the potential of the Alexander Technique to help people with Parkinson’s in short and long term.

Alexander Technique Lessons or Acupuncture Sessions for Persons with Chronic Neck Pain
The first randomized controlled trial to examine the effect of adding acupuncture or Alexander Technique exercises to usual care for chronic neck pain.

 

 

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