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In The News


NPR Report
:
Alexander Technique – A Balm for Back Pain (Listen to the report here.)


Reuters:
Alexander Technique Does Help Back Pain


Johns Hopkins Health Alert:
Alexander Technique – An Alternative Therapy for Chronic Back Pain


Bristol University:
Study Reveals the Benefits of Alexander Technique Lessons for Sufferers of Chronic Pain


O Magazine: 
A Dramatic Cure for Back Pain


O Magazine
When Ibuprofen Won’t Cut It


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital:
Artistic Discipline Meets Modern Technology to Enhance Surgical Proficiency


CBS News:
Many Turning to ‘Alexander Technique’ For Pain, Stress Relief


ABC News:
Alexander Technique at the Mayo Clinic


 

Articles  and Research

Alexander Technique


Randomised Controlled Trial of Alexander Technique Lessons, Exercise, and Massage (ATEAM) for Chronic and Recurrent Back Pain.
 
Little P et al (2008). British Medical Journal 337:a884.


This 2008 study published in the British Medical Journal followed 579 patients with chronic and recurrent back pain. Patients were randomized to receive massage, six Alexander Technique lessons, 24 Alexander Technique lessons, or no intervention. In addition, half of the subjects in each group were encouraged to walk regularly. One year later, the group with no intervention had 21 days of pain per month. The group with massage had 14 days of pain per month. The group with six Alexander Technique lessons reported 11 days of pain per month, and the group with 24 Alexander Technique lessons reported three days of pain per month, an 85% reduction in pain compared to those with no intervention. And, no adverse effects were noted.
An Audio interview with the lead author of the study is available, and the following 2 videos summarize the study and its results:

 

Taking Charge, Choosing a New Direction: A Service Evaluation of Alexander Technique Lessons for Pain Clinic Patients (SEAT): an Approach to Pain Management   
McClean, S. and Wye, L. (June 2012) Project Report. UWE Bristol, Bristol.


This clinical trial demonstrated that Alexander Technique lessons were effect and had therapeutic value for treating chronic back pain sufferers. Benefits included improvement in quality of life and patients’ management of pain. Over half of the patients were able to stop or reduce their medication, and their pain had less of an effect on their daily lives. Behavioral changes including changes in awareness and self-knowledge were also noted. Costs to the NHS (National Health Service) for the patients’ pain-related treatment was reduced by half.


Evidence for the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons in medical and health-related conditions: a systematic review.Woodman J.P., Moore N.R.  International Journal of Clinical Practice January 2012.


This review evaluated the effectiveness and safety of Alexander Technique lessons for various health-related conditions. Strong evidence for the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons for chronic back pain and moderate evidence in disability related to Parkinson’s disease was noted. Preliminary findings suggest Alexander Technique lessons may improve balance in the elderly, posture, chronic pain, respiratory function and stuttering, however, there was insufficient evidence to support recommendations in these areas.


Alexander Technique: Training for the self-management of workers to prevent musculoskeletal disorders. 
Mora i Griso, Mireia. Foment del Treball Nacional de Catalunya (2011).


In this study, the Alexander Technique was applied as a tool to prevent occupational risks in different organizational settings throughout the world.

 

Randomized Controlled Trial of the Alexander Technique for Ideopathic Parkinson’s Disease. 
Stallibrass C, Sissons P, Chalmers C (2002). Clinical Rehabilitation, 16(7):695-708.


A group of 93 subjects received either no treatment, massage, or Alexander Technique lessons. Those receiving Alexander Technique lessons (but not massage) had significant improvement in self-assessed disability both immediately after the lessons and six months later. View video below.


Functional reach improvement in normal older women after Alexander Technique instruction.
 
Dennis (1999). Journal of Gerontology – Series A: Biological and Medical Sciences, 54A(1): M8-M11.


Subjects who received Alexander Technique lessons exhibited a 36% improvement in forward-reaching distance (a common measure of balance control), while age matched control subjects receiving no intervention showed a 6% decrease over the same time period.



Nobel Lecture entitled Ethology and Stress Diseases. 
Tinbergen N (1973).
Nikolaas Tinbergen, Nobel Laureate.

Written about F. M. Alexander, the importance of Alexander’s discoveries and the benefits he and his wife experienced from lessons. He strongly recommended it as a sophisticated form of rehabilitation for all stress-related diseases, i.e., rheumatism, high blood pressure, breathing problems and sleep disorders.


View the video of Nikolaas Tinbergen’s Nobel lecture, the last third (32 min's into the speech) of which he devoted to a discussion of Alexander’s work and its beneficial effects.

 

A Study of Stress Amongst Professional Musicians. Nielsen M (1994). 

In: The Alexander Technique: Medical and Physiological Aspects, Chris Stevens (Ed.) STAT Books, London.
Performance stress was evaluated in musicians. The study found that Alexander Technique lessons were as effective as beta-blocker medications in controlling the stress response during an orchestra performance.


Ayreveda





Yoga


Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
: Harvard Mental Health Letter 2009.
Studies suggest that this practice modulates the stress response.

Since the 1970s, meditation, and other stress-reduction techniques have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. One such practice, yoga, has received less attention in the medical literature though it has become increasingly popular in recent decades. One national survey estimated, for example, that about 7.5% of U.S. adults had tried yoga at least once, and that nearly 4% practiced yoga in the previous year.

Yoga classes can vary from gentle and accommodating to strenuous and challenging; the choice of style tends to be based on physical ability and personal preference. Hatha yoga, the most common type of yoga practiced in the United States, combines three elements: physical poses, called asanas; controlled breathing practiced in conjunction with asanas; and a short period of deep relaxation or meditation.





Resources


Recommended Training Schools:


California College Of AyurvedaThe longest running, State-approved college offering professional training programs for the study of Ayurvedic Medicine in the West. Located in Nevada City Ca. Has distant learning programs as well as on-line programs. Dr. Marc Halpern, Director.

Alexander Technique Institute Los Angeles (ATILA)One of the leading Alexander Technique teacher training courses in North America offering a three-year course of study through personal and professional development leading to certification as a teacher of the F. M. Alexander Technique. Located in Santa Monica, Ca.  Lyn Charlsen Klein, Executive Director 

Yoga Well Institute: The Yoga Well Institute is an organization dedicated to the practice of yoga as taught by Śri Krishnamacharya and Mr. Desikachar in all of its forms. They emphasize the importance of maintaining a daily, personal practice that is guided by an experienced mentor. Chase Bossart, Director. 


Ayurveda Supplies:

Banyan Botanicals: My go to place for Ayurvedic herbs, tinctures, spices, oils, tongue cleaners. As an affiliate of Banyan Botanicals, I love educating people about how Ayurveda can change your life...Check out their website here and ask me about what herbs, spices oils would be right for you!


Aromatherapy:

Floracopeia: Great place to order 100% organic therapeutic essential oils. Top quality!





Alexander Technique Infographic


“The Alexander Technique stresses unification in an era of greater and greater medical specialization. Its educational system teaches people how to best use their bodies in ordinary action to avoid or reduce unnecessary stress and pain. It enables clients to get better faster and stay better longer. This is undoubtedly the best way to take care of the back and alleviate back pain.”

-Jack Stern, MD, PhD, Neurological Group of Westchester, White Plains, NY


Whole Wellness Infographic

“When the truth is known ignorance cannot be, when the mind is pure there is no disease, when the breath is mastered there is no death, therefore, surrender to Yoga.” 
                     T. Krishnamharya
Ayurveda at Conscious Lifestyle & Wellness


"In addition to its physiologic and musculoskeletal benefits, the AT is extremely helpful in relieving the psychological states of depression and anxiety that often accompany  chronic pain and disease."
             Jill Sanders, DO 
        NYC, NY


"The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." 
                               Thomas Edison


Model to Follow

"When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need." 

                         Ayurvedic Proverb


“The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later.”

― T.K.V. Desikachar


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