Scientific evidence

As awareness of The Alexander Technique is moving towards mainstream attention amongst healthcare professionals, more and more research studies are taking place on its benefits.

The largest and most widely documented of these was on patients with recurrent and chronic back pain, funded by The Medical Research Council and NHS Support for Science, published online by The British Medical Journal, August 2008.

The research concluded that one-to-one lessons in The Alexander Technique from registered teachers have long-term benefits for patients with chronic back pain.

Lessons in the Alexander Technique outperformed all other control groups. 

Other significant research includes a large randomised controlled clinical trial to evaluate the outcome of Alexander lessons for people with persistent neck pain, published in The Annals of Internal Medicine journal, 2015, and a randomized controlled trial of the Alexander Technique for idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, published in the Clinical Rehabilitation journal, 2002.

Other research has been done on the effects of Alexander technique in many areas including Pain, Osteoarthritis, Older People, and Musicians.

To view the extensive list of research conducted or to download any of the papers please visit the Published Research page on the STAT website.