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. 

Try this:

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

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'After every lesson with Kathy, I felt more relaxed, centred, and whole. Kathy has wonderful hands; warm, sensitive and in control. Through the lessons, I became more attuned to my own posture and habits, so that I was able to adjust my working practice towards a more healthy and sustainable one.' Rachel. Visual Artist

Having Alexander Technique sessions with Kathy made me more aware how the my body works. This gave me an insight as to how to improve everyday movement. I learned something new every lesson. 

Nao. Performer and Theatre Technician

Kathy is kind and patient and I always leave the lessons feeling a bit more free in my body. I have back pain from scoliosis. (After lessons) I find that the pressure on my back is noticeably reduced. Alexander Technique will make you more curious about the way you move and why when doing habitual things. And the lessons are always with a sense of humour too.

Alex Lawther, Actor

Kathy’s such a skilled teacher, bringing insight and humour to guide gently in using the body in much more skilful ways. I’ve seen a huge difference in higher levels of energy - and lower levels of pain - since working with her. And it’s a lot of fun too!

Damian, Policy Advisor, City of London

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