Research into the effects of taking Alexander Technique lessons has been done from the 1940’s onwards (cf. Dr Wilfred Barlow’s ‘An Investigation into Kinaesthesia’ in The Medical Press and Circular, 23 January 1946. Recently republished by Mouritz.) and is still continuing to this day. Several areas have been studied including:
- Pain (mainly back pain, neck pain and chronic pain)
- Posture (postural tone, postural and ergonomic skills)
- Balance and movement coordination
- Musical performance.
The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) provides links to published research grouped by themes alternatively you can search for keywords using the research listings search facility.
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The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) provides an annotated bibliography of selected research studies involving the Alexander Technique. All were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals or presented at conferences with peer-reviewed abstracts.
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One of the main studies conducted in recent years
In the year 2008 the British Medical Journal published an article that concluded that individual lessons in the Alexander Technique have long-term benefits for chronic back pain sufferers. The Alexander Technique outperformed all control groups.
Randomised Controlled Trial of Alexander Technique Lessons, Exercise, and Massage (ATEAM) for Chronic and Recurrent Back Pain. Little P et al (2008). British Medical Journal 337:a884.
In this study, 579 subjects with chronic and recurrent back pain were randomized to receive massage, six Alexander Technique lessons, 24 Alexander Technique lessons, or no intervention. In addition, half of the subjects were encouraged to walk regularly. A year later, the group with no intervention had 21 days of pain per month. The group with massage had 14 days of pain per month. The group with six Alexander Technique lessons reported 11 days of pain per month, and the group with 24 Alexander Technique lessons reported three days of pain per month. There were no adverse effects.