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The Alexander Technique plus Exercise are Effective for Chronic Back Pain

579 patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain were randomized to normal care, 6 sessions of massage, or 6 or 24 Alexander technique lessons. The number of days with back pain in the past four weeks was lower after Alexander lessons and quality of life improved significantly. One on one lessons in the Alexander technique from registered teachers was found to have long term benefits for patients with chronic back pain. Six lessons followed by exercise prescription were nearly as effective as 24 lessons. Exercise and lessons in the Alexander technique, but not massage, remained effective at one year. Little P, Lewith G, Webley F, et al. Adapted from BMJ. 337:a884, 2008.



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