The first clinical randomised trial investigating the benefits of the Technique for sufferers of chronic lower back pain has demonstrated that there is significant long-term benefit. Details of the study were published in The British Medical Journal on 20th August 2008. The study was led by a team from the universities of Southampton and Bristol and funded by the Medical Research Council and the NHS.
- 24 AT lessons proved to be most beneficial
- Six lessons followed by exercise (walking) were about 70% as effective as 24 lessons
- Long-term benefits are unlikely to be due to the placebo effect
- Lessons were one-to-one, provided by experienced AT teachers
- This was a scientific randomised controlled trial
For more details and information about further research relating to the Alexander Technique please visit the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
“I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show you”. (John Cleese, actor)