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Statistical evidence that the beneficial effect of learning and applying the Alexander Technique is generic

AT Focus: 
Alexander Technique
2008
December
2
Page position: 
41-53
Language: 
English
ISBN/ISSN/DOI: 
CCO008JE2.03
Notes and abstracts: 

Abstract

This article presents an analysis (not previously reported) of data collected in a study “Randomized controlled trial of the Alexander technique for idiopathic Parkinson’s disease” published in 2002. In this trial the performance of 25 activities by the Alexander Technique group was compared to two control groups. In this article the 25 activities are analysed by two subgroups: the first group comprising activities regularly used in lessons, and the second, activities never or very rarely used. The analysis of the questionnaires from patients showed that both types of activity improved. The results demonstrate that learning the Alexander Technique has generic beneficial impact on the performance of activities of different kinds, regardless of whether they are performed in lessons. This is in contrast to therapies involving repetitive physical exercises focused on particular problems.