Back Pain

Back pain is a common ailment affecting millions of people. Whether it's due to poor posture, sedentary lifestyles, or strenuous activities, the discomfort and limitations caused by back pain can significantly impact your quality of life. While conventional treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and surgery are often sought after, the Alexander Technique is a proven method for managing and preventing back pain.

Woman with back pain at a computer.
Alexander Technique is clinically proven for back pain

Before delving into the Alexander Technique, it's important to understand the nature of back pain. The back is a complex structure comprised of muscles, ligaments, bones, and discs, all working together to support the body and facilitate movement. When this intricate system is compromised, whether through injury, poor posture, or muscular imbalances, it can result in discomfort ranging from mild to debilitating.


Common causes of back pain include:

  1. Poor Posture: Prolonged sitting or standing with improper alignment can strain the muscles and put undue pressure on the spine.
  2. Muscular Tension: Stress and tension can manifest in the muscles of the back, leading to stiffness and pain.
  3. Injury: Accidents, falls, and repetitive movements can cause acute or chronic back pain.
  4. Degenerative Conditions: Conditions such as osteoarthritis and herniated discs can contribute to back pain, especially as we age. 
  5. Pregnancy: The additional weight of the growing baby creates changes to balance, and the release of the hormone relaxin  loosens and relaxes ligaments, muscles and joints

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, and though it can be treated medically it is always better to take precautionary steps to avoid it and change the way you are using yourself, which is the most common cause.



The effectiveness of the Alexander Technique for back pain is demonstrated by these facts:

  • 87% of back problems have been shown to be muscular in origin, meaning they are caused by how you use yourself.
  • In a survey of back pain patients, 75% of those who were told they needed surgery recovered successfully without it using the Alexander Technique.
  • In a 1988 study by the British Holistic Medical Association of those who suffer from chronic pain, they expressed their preference for the Alexander Technique as their favourite approach to long-term pain relief.


  • In 2008 an NHS funded gold standard randomised trial on long term and recurrent back pain carried out by Southampton University proved that the Alexander Technique was clinically effective. The results were reported in the British Medical Journal.


Introducing the Alexander Technique

Developed by F.M. Alexander, the Alexander Technique is a method designed to improve posture, movement, and overall coordination. Rather than targeting specific symptoms, the technique addresses the underlying habits and patterns of movement and behaviour that contribute to musculoskeletal issues, including back pain.


The Alexander Technique teaches you to become more aware of your habitual movements and postural habits. By recognizing and releasing tension, you can learn to move with greater ease and efficiency, thereby reducing strain on the muscles and spine.


Central to the Alexander Technique is the concept of "Primary Control," which refers to the relationship between the head, neck, and back. Improper coordination of these elements can lead to muscular tension and misalignment throughout the body.


Through gentle guidance you relearn how to move with poise and balance. Techniques such as "Constructive Rest" and "Directions" are used to encourage relaxation, lengthening of the spine, and improved alignment.


By gaining a heightened sense of proprioception (awareness of one's body in space) and kinesthetic feedback, you develop more efficient movement patterns that promote spinal health and alleviate back pain.

Benefits of the Alexander Technique for Back Pain

  1. Improved Posture: By learning to align the head, neck, and spine properly, individuals can reduce strain on the back muscles and joints, leading to better posture and decreased pain.
  2. Increased Body Awareness: The Alexander Technique fosters greater mindfulness of movement, allowing individuals to catch and correct harmful habits before they lead to pain and discomfort.
  3. Enhanced Mobility: By releasing tension and improving coordination, practitioners often experience greater freedom of movement and flexibility, leading to reduced stiffness and discomfort in the back.
  4. Preventive Maintenance: By addressing the root causes of back pain, the Alexander Technique can help prevent future injuries and chronic conditions, promoting long-term spinal health.

Back Pain Specialist

The Alexander Technique offers a proven approach to self-care, alleviating discomfort, enhancing mobility, and providing lasting relief. By understanding the fundamental mechanics of the body and adopting mindful movement practices, you gain autonomy in managing and reducing your pain.


You will learn a safer and more mindful approach to movement. Rather than slouching, you gain the ability to sit with poise and ease. By engaging the deeper postural muscles, you reduce strain on surface muscles during everyday activities such as walking, sitting, or lifting, promoting a pain-free experience.


Studying the Alexander Technique heightens your sensory awareness, enabling you to detect and address warning signs of tension and strain. This increased awareness empowers you to mitigate or prevent episodes of discomfort, potentially reducing reliance on pain medications. With a deeper understanding of the origins of your discomfort, you gain the knowledge and tools to effect positive change in your symptoms.


The Alexander Technique complements other modalities within a back rehabilitation regimen seamlessly. It aids in post-surgical recovery, optimizes the results of your exercise routine, and enhances the efficacy of your physical therapy exercises.


For those seeking relief from back pain without resorting to invasive procedures or reliance on medication, the Alexander Technique offers a holistic and sustainable approach. By reeducating the body and mind to move with greater ease and awareness, you not only alleviate existing pain but also prevent its recurrence in the future. Whether used as a standalone therapy or in conjunction with other treatments, the Alexander Technique is a valuable tool in the management of back pain, empowering you to reclaim control over your spinal health.


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Alexander Technique ATEAM study published in the British Medical Journal
Results of the NHS funded trial published in the British Medical Journal