Research

Following is an annotated bibliography of selected research studies involving the Alexander Technique.  All were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals or presented at conferences with peer-reviewed abstracts.

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AmSAT’s Research Committee was formed in 2012 to create and administer a grant program supporting research on the Alexander Technique by teaching members of AmSAT.  Award recipients to date can be found here.  For more information on this program contact info@AmSATonline.org.

Reductions in co-contraction following neuromuscular re-education in people with knee osteoarthritis

Lighten Up: Specific Postural Instructions Affect Axial Rigidity and Step Initiation in Patients With Parkinson’s Disease

Recently published research concludes that lessons in the Alexander Technique lead to significant reductions in neck pain and associated disability.

Neuromuscular interference of posture on movement: evidence of Alexander Technique teachers rising from chair

Taking Charge Choosing a New Direction: A Service Evaluation of Alexander Technique Lessons for Pain Clinic Patients SEAT: an Approach to Pain Management

Evidence for the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons in medical and health-related conditions: a systematic review

Alexander Technique: Training for the self-management of workers to prevent musculoskeletal disorders

Prolonged weight-shift and altered spinal coordination during sit-to-stand in practitioners of the Alexander Technique.

Increased dynamic regulation of postural tone through Alexander Technique training.

The Impact of the Alexander Technique in Improving Posture and Surgical Ergonomics during Minimally Invasive Surgery: Pilot Study.

Randomised Controlled Trial of Alexander Technique Lessons, Exercise, and Massage (ATEAM) for Chronic and Recurrent Back Pain.

Patients’ views of receiving lessons in the Alexander Technique and an exercise prescription for managing back pain in the ATEAM trial.

Improvement in Automatic Postural Coordination Following Alexander Technique Lessons in a Person with Low Back Pain.

Effects of Alexander Technique on Muscle Activation During a Computer-Mouse Task: Potential for Reduction in Repetitive Strain Injuries.

Randomized Controlled Trial of the Alexander Technique for Ideopathic Parkinsons Disease.

Functional reach improvement in normal older women after Alexander Technique instruction.

Enhanced Respiratory Muscular Function in Normal Adults after Lessons in Proprioceptive Musculo-skeletal Education without Exercises.

Early Experiences of a Multidisciplinary Pain Management Programme.

Method for Changing Stereotyped Response Patterns by the Inhibition of Certain Postural Sets.

The following list includes a Nobel Laureate speech and a book.

A Study of Stress Amongst Professional Musicians.

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