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The Parkinson's Disease Society has funded research into the Alexander Technique, as has The Foundation for Integrated Medicine. The Migraine Trust, The Dyspraxia Foundation, The Marfan Association UK, The Scoliosis Association (UK), and many other patients' self-help groups acknowledge the value of the Technique.  

The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine endorses the value of the Technique in the management of performers' medical problems. Leading specialists in the field routinely refer their patients for Alexander lessons for a wide variety of disorders.  The Technique is taught routinely in all the major drama schools.

The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) website has a range of other research papers also.  Several teaching hospitals include the Alexander Technique in their study modules and there are a growing number of Alexander Teachers working in hospital clinics and GP surgeries.

BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL PROVES  EFFECTIVENESS
OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

Exciting research has been published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that proves that the Alexander Technique is an effective treatment for long-term back pain - better than painkillers, physiotherapy, massage or exercise alone.

The Study was published in the BMJ on 20 August 2008 - see links below for the full publication, newspaper articles and to watch a video made by the study team.

Link to the Science

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Little P, Lewith G, Webley F, et al.Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain. BMJ 2008; 337; a884


Links to the Headlines

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Alexander Technqiue - most effective at reducing back pain

The Telegraph, 20 August 2008


An old cure for a modern malaise: Alexander Technique can beat chronic back pain

Daily Mail, 20 August 2008

How does the Alexander Technique work? What are the authors findings about the clinical and cost effectiveness of the treatment?  Watch the BMJ video to find out (12 min), which also contains some good footage about what the Technique is all about.

You will find  plenty more information on the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) website.

The Constructive Teaching Centre (CTC) is the oldest Alexander Technique training centre in the world.  It was established by Walter Carrington in 1960 as the new home for FM Alexander's original training course, which he was supervising at the time of Alexander's death.  CTC is run by The Walter Carrington Educational Trust, which provides further information about Walter Carrington and the Technique as taught at CTC.

Alexander Books specialises in a range of books and other resources on the  Alexander Technique.


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We notice very striking improvements in such diverse things as high blood pressure, breathing, depth of sleep, overall cheerfulness and mental alertness, resilience against outside pressures and in such a refined skill as playing a musical instrument.”


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