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Chronic back pain, responsible for more days off work than almost any other health condition, can be eased through learning better posture via the Alexander Technique, according to results from a clinical study published August 19, 2008, in the British Medical Journal.1

Research experts at Southhampton and Bristol Universities in Britain conducted a clinical study with more than 500 back pain patients. It found that patients who had a series of Alexander Technique lessons averaged a 42% improvement in function, quality of life, and reduction in chronic pain, when surveyed one year after the study began.

Fortunately you don’t have to travel to Britain to experience the Alexander Technique first hand. The century-old postural re-education method is taught right here in West Michigan by Patricia Gallup, M.STAT, M.AmSAT, one of less than a dozen registered Alexander Technique teachers in Michigan.


About the Alexander Technique:

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The Technique is a layered learning process that shows individuals how to use head and neck poise to create and maintain the appropriate muscle tension to sit, stand and walk more efficiently, relieving back pain through better coordination and posture of the whole body. Through a combination of non-invasive hands-on guidance and verbal instruction, teachers instruct clients how to release tight neck muscles, balance the head, extend along the spine and use the correct back muscles to keep their bodies expanded and flexible. The Technique is widely used as a performance tool by musicians, singers, actors, equestrians and other athletes, and is known to benefit pregnant woman and those who use computers on a regular basis.

1 http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/337/aug19_2/a884

© 2008 Patricia Gallup. All Rights Reserved.
*registered teaching member (MSTAT) of The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT),
London, UK, and (M.AmSAT) The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT)