Although for many years the benefits of the Alexander technique were passed on by personal testimony, the body of scientific research showing the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique is now growing.
In 2008, a major clinical trial demonstrated significant, long term reductions in back pain following training in the Alexander Technique (Little, P. et al., British Medical Journal 2008; 337:a884).
Alexander Technique lessons or Acupuncture sessions have both been shown to reduce pain significantly for people suffering from long term chronic neck pain (MacPherson H, et al., Annals of Internal Medicine 2015; 163; 653-62).
Alexander Technique lessons have been shown to reduce the level of disability in people with Parkinson’s disease (Stalibrass, C. et al., Clinical Rehabilitation 2002; 16:705-718 and Stalibrass, C. et al., Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2005; 9: 150-157).
A small study of 21 individuals with knee osteoarthritis showed a marked improvement in symptoms following Alexander technique lessons. (Preece S. J., et al., BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016; 17: 372).
There are many more small studies including two showing how the Alexander Technique improves balance and reach in the elderly.
For a full list of all research and published papers with full authorship visit the research section of the web pages of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) at www.stat.org.uk