The study of over 500 patients with ongoing neck pain found that those who received either acupuncture or sessions in the Alexander Technique for four or five months still reported less pain and disability when followed up over 6 months later.
Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.
The Alexander Technique is a method created by an Australian actor F.M Alexander. It works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination.
Both acupuncture and the Alexander Technique can help to reduce not only chronic neck pain, but also other forms of muscle and joint pain. If you’re interested in finding a local practitioner, try the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association of Australia http://www.acupuncture.org.au or for more information on the Alexander Technique visit http://www.austat.org.au.
Written by Ruth Tongue
MacPherson, H et al. Alexander Technique Lessons or Acupuncture Sessions for Persons With Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 11/3/2015; 163(9): 653-662