Alexander Technique Definition for Health Care Providers
Lessons in the Alexander technique are an individualized approach to develop lifelong skills for self care that help people recognize, understand, and avoid poor habits affecting postural tone and neuromuscular coordination. Lessons involve continuous personalized assessment of the individual patterns of habitual musculoskeletal use when stationary and in movement; paying particular attention to release of unwanted head, neck, and spinal muscle tension. Feedback from hand contact and verbal instruction is used to teach people to independently improve musculoskeletal use in daily life and professional activities (Citation BMJ, 2008).
Little, P., Lewith, G., Webley, F., Evans, M., Beattie, A., Middleton, K., ... & Yardley, L. (2008). Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain. Bmj, 337, a884.
Quick links/ handouts for patients:
Article (3min) - Short Alexander Technique Overview: Harvard Health Publication
Video clip (6min) - short video from The British Medical Journal re: Back Pain and the Alexander Technique