Study Summary: Lighten Up! Trying Hard to “Stand Up Straight” May Interfere with Balance

Does the way we attend to our posture affect our balance? Crucially, might some ways that physical therapists, fitness trainers, and movement teachers cue posture actually increase the risk of falls in their patients or students, especially older adults? These questions animate the latest study from Rajal Cohen’s team at […]

Study Summary: What We Do Before the Thing We’re Doing—Research on Anticipation, Inhibition, and Posture.

This post summarizes research by Jason Baer, Anita Vasavada, and Rajal Cohen, “Neck posture is influenced by anticipation of stepping,” published in Human Movement Science in 2019. It was originally published at Alexander &. A common reason people study the Alexander Technique is to improve their posture. Many students are […]

Study Summary: Alexander Technique Lessons Reduce Knee Pain and Co-contraction in Subjects with Knee Osteoarthritis

This post summarizes research by Stephen Preece, et al, “Reductions in co-contraction following neuromuscular re-education in people with knee osteoarthritis,” published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders in 2016. It was originally published at Alexander &. A study on the Alexander Technique and knee pain was published last month [Editor’s note: August, 2016] in […]

Study Summary: “Lighten Up” or “Pull Up”? Alexander Technique-type Instruction and Parkinson’s Disease.

This post summarizes research by Rajal Cohen, et al, “Lighten Up: Specific Postural Instructions Affect Axial Rigidity and Step Initiation in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease,” published in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair in 2015. It was originally published at Alexander &. Word came last week [Editor’s Note: February, 2015] about a new study published in […]

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