The study in 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 although it’s often seen as an ‘alternative medicine’ it’s one of the few complementary medicines that is used by the NHS.
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 visiting the British Acupuncture Council at http://www.acupuncture.org.uk or for more information on the Alexander Technique visit http://www.alexandertechnique.co.uk