Alexander Technique as an effective treatment for back pain.

Scientific evidence:

In 2008 the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published the results of a randomised controlled trial comparing the treatment of back pain using Alexander Technique lessons, massage or standard GP care. The study concluded: 

One to one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain. Six lessons followed by exercise prescription were nearly as effective as 24 lessons.

Read more about the study here:

https://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a884

How will it help my back pain?

An Alexander Technique teacher will work with you to identify habitual patterns of movement that can cause back pain. They will teach you mental and physical strategies to improve your posture and the way you move in everyday activity. 

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Try this:

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Semi supine position (also known as 'constructive rest')

 

If you find lying down comfortable, try lying on the floor with some books under your head and with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent. NB. Only do this if you find it comfortable. 

  • allows the natural curves of your spine (there should be a slight lift off the floor in your lower back and slightly more pressure on the floor at your shoulder and hip area)

  • allows the discs between each vertebra to plump up - during the day fluid is squeezed out of the discs, but lying down for 10 to 15 minutes can restore some of the lost fluid