Thursday, August 28, 2008

Surrey Personal Trainer Reports Posture Training Decrease Low Back Pain

This is a great research summary. It shows that a postural technique of the Alexander Technique can help with low back pain. This is very exciting for clients as the Alexander Technique is something clients can do on their own to decrease their low back pain.

- Rick Kaselj

Alexander Educational Technique May Effectively Reduce Low Back Pain

Medscape Medical News - August 20, 2008 - by Laurie Barclay

An educational technique known as the Alexander technique, along with exercise, is effective vs massage for long-term relief of low back pain, according to the results of a factorial randomized trial reported in the August 20 Online First issue of the BMJ.

"Lessons in the Alexander technique offer an individualised approach designed to develop lifelong skills for self care that help people recognise, understand, and avoid poor habits affecting postural tone and neuromuscular coordination," write Paul Little, from the University of Southampton, Aldermoor Health Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom, and colleagues. "Lessons involve continuous personalised 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, guided by verbal instruction and hand contact, allowing decompression of the spine; help and feedback from hand contact and verbal instruction to improve musculoskeletal use when stationary and in movement; and spending time between lessons practicing and applying the technique."

Keywords - Posture, Alexander Technique, Low Back Pain.

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