The Alexander Technique is now an approved intervention for chronic neck pain. Read more about it here: Alexander Technique and Chronic Neck Pain
Many people find their way to the Alexander Technique as a consequence of back or neck pain. It is a huge problem in the UK, as indeed it is in most countries where working behind a desk has become the norm. In the UK, it is estimated that nearly half the population suffer a bout of lower back pain lasting at least 24 hours in any one year. Most of these people will either carry on regardless, go to their GP, retire to bed or find some other intervention that suits them. The Alexander Technique is a different type of intervention. It puts you in charge, and enables you to recuperate and recover at your own pace. This also includes preventing the problem from repeating.
It is this departure from the doctor-patient model that distinguishes the Alexander Technique. For this reason, the Alexander Technique should not be classified as a therapy. It is a form of re-education which involves the client taking responsibility for their own progress. If you are determined to hand over control of your well-being to a doctor or therapist, then the technique may be a difficult path for you. A qualified Alexander Technique Teacher will help you to learn about your habitual movements and tendencies which may be the root of your problems. Once identified, we can start to eradicate them. The result of this is relief from pain, improvement of posture and the rediscovery of your full potential.
What about clinical evidence? Large scale trials by the Medical Research Council, published in the British Medical Journal (with extensive nationwide coverage in the press), concluded that:
"One to one lessons in the Alexander Technique from registered teachers have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain."
For full details about the trial in the British Medical Journal, follow this link ...
...or you can watch a short film about the findings below.