Does it work?

Proponents of the Alexander technique often claim it can help people with a wide range of health conditions. Some of these claims are supported by scientific evidence, but some have not yet been properly tested.

There's evidence suggesting the Alexandertechniquecanhelp people with:

  • long-term back pain lessons in the technique may lead to reduced back pain-associated disability and reduce how often you feel pain for up to a year or more
  • long-term neck pain lessons in the technique may lead to reduced neck pain and associated disability for up to a year or more
  • Parkinson's disease lessons in the technique may help you carry out everyday tasks more easily and improve how you feel about your condition

If you have one of these conditions and are considering trying the Alexander technique, it's a good idea to speak to your GP or specialist first to checkif it might be suitable for you.

Someresearch has also suggested the Alexander technique may improve general long-term pain, stammering and balance skills in elderly people to help them avoid falls .But the evidence in these areas is limited and more studies are needed.

There's currently little evidence to suggestthe Alexander technique can help improve other health conditions, including asthma , headaches , osteoarthritis , difficulty sleeping ( insomnia ) and stress .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018