Studies have shown that AT improves posture and breathing, reduces tension, and improves many chronic conditions like back and neck pain and repetitive strain injury. Its adherents also report that it improves grace and general ease in movement.

WATCH: British Journal of Medicine Back Pain Study

LISTEN TO: Internationally recognized pain management specialist Dr. Theodore Steinman of the Harvard Medical School

GO TO: Dr. Andrew Weil’s page on the Alexander Technique

GO TO: Livestrong.com on Alexander Technique

VIEW: An extensive list of research & endorsements

READ: What American doctors say about AT:


The Alexander Technique remains the best of the self-care strategies to prevent the sequel of poor posture and poor breathing.

— Harold Wise, MD, PC, New York, NY

The Alexander Technique stresses unification in an era of greater and greater medical specialization. Its educational system teaches people how to best use their bodies in ordinary action to avoid or reduce unnecessary stress and pain. In enables clients to get better faster and stay better longer. This is undoubtedly the best way to take care of the back and alleviate back pain.

— Jack Stern, MD, PhD, Neurosugical Group of Westchester, White Plains, NY

Lessons in the Alexander Technique taught me how to sit in a state of lumbrosacral poise, and my chronic low back pain gradually became cured. The Technique is true education. Compared to surgery (e.g. for low back pain or for chronic obstructive lung disease) a course of instruction is inexpensive.

— John H. M. Austin, MD, Professor of Radiology; Chief, Division of Radiology, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY

The Alexander Technique makes sense in that appropriate use of the body will lead to reduction of various musculoskeletal disorders and remediate others which are established. No equipment is needed, just the skill and training of the teacher. This technique is very worthwhile as a primary preventative therapy. It is especially useful when posture is a key factor in back injuries while lifting and for workers who perform repetitive tasks while sitting.

— Robert D. Greene, MD, Emergency Department, Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, CT

I recommend people to the Alexander Technique who have not improved with traditional rehabilitative therapies. Part of their pain may be due to posture and the improper use of their bodies. Many people who have neck or back pain and have gone through heat, ultrasound and massage with no relief can be helped by learning the Alexander Technique. It definitely works. Nothing works for everyone, as one well-versed in using physical therapy and biofeedback, I know how valuable this technique is. I highly recommend it.

— Barry M. Schienfeld, MD, Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine and Pain Management, Community General Hospital, Harris, NY