I am a huge
fan of the Alexander Technique, a gentle, but effective system that teaches posture and body awareness. I take lessons
myself and recommend it often to my patients, so I was thrilled to see this study from England that was published November
3, 2015, and in the Annals of Internal Medicine no less!
chronic neck pain who received either acupuncture
or an equivalent amount of Alexander lessons in addition to their usual care (medication and physical therapy) did
better than those who received only the usual care. In fact, 12 months after their treatments,
the Alexander and acupuncture recipients still had significantly less pain and a greater sense of "self-efficacy",
or ability to manage their own condition. How cost effective is that?
In my own practice I have found the combination of acupuncture and Alexander
to be particularly effective in preventing re-injury due to poor posture. I'd love to see a study combining these two
techniques. to read the abstract
Acupuncture and moxabustion found effective for lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow).