May 2023 – Alexander Technique for chronic back pain, neck pain, and health-related conditions

From Alexander Technique Canada, The Canadian Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique (CANSTAT)

Health And Well-Being

The Alexander Technique is practical, educational approach used by people of all ages and abilities to enhance health and well-being.  Students of the Alexander Technique learn to enhance their natural coordination and improve how they engage in everyday life.

In Alexander Technique lessons you learn to recognize, understand, and avoid harmful patterns of movement, posture, and ways of going about your activities that may be contributing to pain and inefficient function.

As you increase your ability to recognize how persistent aches, pains, and stresses relate to the ways in which you perform, move, and posture yourself in daily life, you learn to move with greater ease and efficiency, and build your independent ability to positively influence your health.

There is considerable research available regarding the Alexander Technique and Health-related outcomes: Please go to for more information.

Here is a sample of some of the research you will find on the above link:

AT for Medical and Health‐Related Conditions
Overview: Evidence for the effectiveness of Alexander Technique lessons in medical and health-related conditions: a systematic review (2012)

AT for Chronic and Recurrent Back Pain
OverviewRandomized controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain (2007)

AT for Chronic Neck Pain
Overview: Alexander Technique Lessons or Acupuncture Sessions for Persons With Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Trial (2015). Alexander Technique lessons led to significant reductions in neck pain and associated disability compared with usual care at 12 months in persons with chronic non-specific neck pain.

Heather Walker is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.  She works with individuals who want to be free of tension, pain, bad posture, and injuries.  Each Alexander Technique session involves practical experiments to learn how to notice tightening, release muscle tension, re-establish better balance and move more efficiently.  Anyone can learn to recuperate from stress, prevent undue wear and tear, relieve back pain, improve posture, and use less effort in daily activities.  Heather is based in Nanaimo, B.C. and can be contacted at 250-716-3464, or

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