What scientific fields of inquiry are most relevant to the Alexander Technique? The Alexander technique works at the interface between the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system—changing habitual neuromuscular patterns of support and movement. The overarching field with the most overlap with this process is motor control. The fields of neurology, psychology, and biomechanics are also relevant, the former two addressing aspects of the nervous system and the latter addressing aspects of the musculoskeletal system... Read more.
Some Experiments that Help Explain How AT Works
Here we provide an annotated, chronological list of published peer-reviewed experiments about how AT works and studies that measure physiological or movement changes associated with AT or AT-like interventions. This list should not be considered exhaustive, but gives a general overview of the state of current basic research on AT.
2019: Baer J, Vasavada A, Cohen R. Neck posture is influenced by anticipation of stepping... Read More.
Research on Health Benefits of AT
The Alexander technique is an educational method, not a health-care intervention. Alexander teachers do not diagnose medical conditions, nor do lessons typically target specific medical problems. Lessons teach cognitive and attentional strategies that help cultivate postural skill. As a result, Alexander teachers traditionally conceive of health benefits as a side-effect of effective learning, rather than the goal of instruction.
However, one of the most common reason people study the Alexander technique is to overcome or cope with chronic pain. Read more.
Glossary of Scientific Terms
This post contains a glossary of some of the relevant scientific terminology for the Alexander technique with links to relevant articles and websites.
- Acceleration: Change in speed or velocity. Caused by an imbalance in forces.
- Adaptable tone: Muscle tone that changes its distribution automatically when position is changed. This occurs when muscles automatically reduce their tone/tonic activity when they are stretched so that they “let go” and increase their activity... Read More.