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July, 2015

Looking down at cell phones and tablets may lead to degenerative changes in the spine according to new study. The Alexander Technique is recommended as a way to avoid damage.

Image of pressure at different angles of the head

As much as 60 pounds of pressure is put on the neck and spine by the weight of the head when it's bent in the position typical when using a smartphone or similar device according to a new study published in the journal Surgical Technology International ("Assessment of Stresses in the Cervical Spine Caused by Posture and Position of the Head" [PDF]).
The cumulative effect of years of that stress can lead to degeneration of the spine according to the study's author, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj. The Alexander Technique is recommended by New York neurosurgeon Dr. Ezriel Kornel because it teaches how to be aware of optimal body positioning.

Read more here (PDF will open in new window)



April 8, 2011

Alexander Technique featured on National Public Radio

NPR's Morning Edition featured a story on the Alexander Technique.
AT teacher Jo Gray and her student Joe Rodriguez, a professional trumpet player, were interviewed along with Paul Little, author of research published in the British Medical Journal. This research highlighted dramatic results in back pain relief with teachers of the Alexander Technique: Those who had 24 lessons went from 21 days of a month in pain down to 3.

Listen to the story and read the transcript on NPR's website.



October 2, 2010

Alexander Technique shown to improve surgeons’ skills

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center reports that the Alexander Technique improved the surgical posture and technical performance of urological surgeons.

For their study with urological surgeons, the researchers studied four urology fellows and three urology residents from the medical center. After training in the Alexander Technique, the subjects demonstrated improved abilities to complete laparoscopic skills in a shorter time. The subjects showed improvements in posture, trunk and shoulder stability and the ability to perform the series of laparoscopic skills tests.

"The Alexander Technique training program resulted in significant improvement in posture and trunk and shoulder endurance," the researchers state in their presentation. "Improved endurance and posture during surgery reduces the occurrence of surgical fatigue. Intra-operative fatigue has been shown to be associated with surgical errors. AT training has the potential to reduce the occurrence of fatigue-related surgical errors."

Read the press release by the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.



August 19, 2008

British Medical Journal study shows 85% reduction in back pain through lessons in the Alexander Technique

In a 2008 study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), research showed that one year after the trial started and following 24 lessons in the Alexander Technique, the number of days in pain per month fell by 85% compared to the control group. The average number of activities limited by back pain had fallen by 42%.

Read the study on the British Medical Journal website.

Prominent leaders in the field of mind/body medicine and behavioral science throughout this century have supported Alexander's innovative research. Clinical studies have shown that the Technique improves breathing capacity and posture, modifies stress responses and is, for those who suffer from chronic pain, the preferred method for long-term pain relief.

"When I first started Alexander, I had been in chronic lower back pain for 2-3 years. I have been surprised at the effects of Alexander lessons. My lower back pain started to improve within the first month and after 6 months I was pain-free for the first time in years. Alexander feels to me like something that my body had been hungry for on some very basic level."
Carolyn Bellinger-Kawahara, Ph.D.

"Through the Alexander Technique lessons, I have learned how to decrease symptoms of arthritis and neck and back pain. This has been a significant improvement in my quality of life, without medications. One of the unexpected benefits of lessons in the Alexander Technique has been a general increased sense of well-being, with some people commenting that I look younger."
Dena Dickinson, RN, MS

"I decided to try the Alexander Technique for help with my lower back pain and I'm floored by the changes I've undergone. I don't suffer from back pain any more, after decades of it. My overall stress levels have dropped significantly, and I've developed an extraordinary sense of body awareness. But perhaps the greatest change was the profound sense of emotional energy that I now have to draw from."
Stephen Ladd, Screenwriter



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