Alexander Technique for Back Pain and Neck Pain

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I know from my own experience how debilitating back and neck pain can be. But I also know it’s possible to get help from the Alexander Technique.

Two major clinical trials back this up. They show that one-to-one Alexander Technique lessons provide relief for people with chronic long-term back or neck pain 

I can work with you at your pace. In an Alexander lesson I will work at your pace with gentle hands-on contact and spoken guidance to help you:  

  • understand and modify your response to pain

  • limit muscle spasms

  • allow your spine to align and lengthen

  • improve your posture, balance and co-ordination

  • have more control over your pain  

We’ll look at your daily activities and how you do them. You’ll learn to carry them out in ways that reduce, and ultimately avoid, pain. I’ll teach you how to look after your back and neck for the long term. 

Back pain research (2008)

The ATEAM trial involved people with chronic lower back pain. Compared with massage, gentle aerobic exercise and normal GP care, the most significant results were for people who had 24 Alexander lessons. After one year they had: 

  • 86% reduction in number of days in pain

  • significantly improved quality of life  

Neck pain research (2015)

The ATLAS research involved people who had suffered from chronic neck pain for an average of 6 years.  The results showed long-term benefits for people who had 20 Alexander lessons alongside their usual GP care: 

  • 31% less pain and associated disability after one year

  • more than for usual GP-led care alone

  • greater sense of control over their neck pain