2017 saw the publication by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) of a new set of guidelines for Parkinson’s Disease. NICE recommends the Alexander Technique to those with Parkinson’s as a non-pharmacological management intervention for motor symptoms.
Studies indicate that Alexander Technique can help people living with Parkinson’s in daily activities:
- A randomized controlled trial found that 24 Alexander Technique lessons reduced Parkinson’s Disease disability and depression (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12428818) , and benefits were retained at 6 months indicating positive potential for long-term retention
- In this study, participants reported “subjective improvements in balance, posture and walking, as well as increased coping ability and reduced stress.”
- A study of an Alexander-Technique-based intervention reported improved postural alignment, reduced postural sway, improved torso mobility, and smoother movement during step initiation, likely indicating better movement efficiency (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25665828).