The evidence for the effectiveness and benefits of AT lessons have been scrutinised in clinical trials. Here are some of them:
A clinical trial published in the British Medical Journal shows Alexander Technique lessons are effective and provide long term benefit.
The trial results clearly show that 24 one-to-one lessons in the Alexander Technique led to important improvements in function, quality of life and reduction of days in pain for the patients. Following 24 Alexander Technique lessons the average number of activities limited by back pain had fallen by 42%. The number of days in pain was only 3 per month compared with 21 days in pain in the control group, 1 year after the trial started.
This trial is one of the few major studies to show significant long-term benefits for patients with chronic non-specific low-back pain. Of all the approaches tested, 24 Alexander Technique lessons, at least half taken within the first three months of the trial, proved to be the most beneficial.
97% of people with back pain could benefit by learning the Alexander Technique – it is only a very small minority of back pain sufferers that require medical intervention such as surgery.
Jack Stern, Spinal Neurosurgeon
ATLAS (Alexander Technique Lessons or Acupuncture Sessions for people with chronic neck pain) was a large, well-designed, well-conducted, randomised, controlled trial involving 517 people with chronic neck pain.
Conclusions · Offering people with chronic neck pain, 20 one-to-one lessons (600 minutes total) in the Alexander Technique, or 12 acupuncture sessions (600 minutes total), can lead to long-term improvement in their pain and associated disability.1 · The observed improvement in self-efficacy gained from Alexander lessons illustrates the self-care nature of this method and helps to explain the sustained benefit which continued to the end of the study, more than 6 months after the lessons had finished1 . · Alexander Technique lessons and acupuncture are both appropriate options to offer people with chronic neck pain, and the choice between these will be an individual one.1 · There are now two large randomised controlled trials published that demonstrate the effectiveness of one-to-one Alexander lessons for people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions: ATEAM for chronic back pain and ATLAS for chronic neck pain.
Other trials relating the efficacy of AT lessons relating to:
- Chronic pain;
- Postural and ergonomic skills;
- Balance in older people;
- Movement co-ordination;
- Musical Performance.