Alexander Technique lessons- an approach for the self-management of chronic pain

A small exploratory study was undertaken to look at the impact of 6 Alexander Technique lessons over 6 weeks on people with chronic pain attending a hospital outpatients NHS pain clinic. The key benefit reported was that the Alexander Technique improved pain-awareness and self-management skills, enabling participants to adjust their behaviours to reduce symptom flare-ups. The one-to-one nature of the Alexander Technique lessons also had a positive impact.

A significant finding was that those people who perceived the Alexander Technique as a treatment, rather than an approach for self-care struggled outside teaching sessions. Those who embraced active self-management saw long term benefits.

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