The Alexander Technique
Solutions for Back Trouble
A Lesson with Deborah Caplan, Master Teacher and Physical Therapist
Introduced by William Hurt. Special Feature: a talk with Judith C. Stern - The Alexander Technique and Physical Therapy
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This video has just been reissued in DVD form. It includes a talk by
Judith C. Stern, an Alexander Technique teacher and a physical
therapist. Judy tells us why, after working with back patients as a
physical therapist for 18 years, she decided to train as an Alexander
"My chronic low back pain was related to slouching? As lessons
showed the connection, the pain gradually went away — The Technique
is true education."
This illuminating video offers specific and practical guidance in how
to help you keep your back healthy and free from pain by using the
Alexander Technique. It includes a brief review of the Alexander
principles and clear instruction in how to use these principles in the
activities of everyday life. Deborah Caplan, a certified Alexander
teacher and physical therapist covers lifting and carrying packages,
the proper way to work at the computer, how to avoid a "Back
Attack"and what to do for your back when you sneeze!
— John H.M. Austin
MD, Professor of Radiology,
New York, NY
Created for the lay person, Solutions for Back Trouble is equally
informative for a medical community that is seeking information and
alternative solutions for its back patients. Ms. Caplan has spent over
35 years working in and with the medical community — her students are
people like you — a grandmother, a dancer, a lawyer and a
"I think I have given my students a powerful tool to help themselves.
I have taught them what to do and not do when their backs give them
trouble, and how to reduce unnecessary stress and pain."
Deborah Caplan, physical therapist and certified Alexander Technique
teacher; founding member, The American Center for the Alexander
Technique (ACAT); member, The American Society for the Alexander
Technique (AmSAT), author of Back Trouble (Triad, 1987).
— Deborah Caplan
Judith C. Stern, physical therapist, certified Alexander Technique
teacher; a director, The Eighth International Congress of Alexander
Teachers in Lugano, Switzerland (2008); member ACAT: member AmSAT.
The Alexander Technique
Clinically Proven to Alleviate Back Pain
For more than 100 years, dancers, actors, and singers have practiced the Alexander Technique, a method of self-observation where on gradually replaces pain-causing physical habits with "good-use movements" - enhancing breathing, vitality, and overall well-being. Alexander Technique can also alleviate chronic nonspecific low-back pain.
In a study of 579 patients from 64 medical practices in the UK, researchers assessed benefits provided by normal medical card (control), 6 sessions of massage, 6 or 24 lessons in the Alexander Technique, and prescriptions for exercise from doctors with nurse-delivered behavioral counseling. After 1 year, those who received 24 lessons in the Alexander Technique reported the fewest days with back pain in the past 4 weeks and the most improvement in quality of life. Such results have attracted major media coverage (The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Spirituality and Health), bringing this alternative pain treatment into the mainstream.
The Alexander Technique is usually taught one-on-one, and lessons are expensive. But now there is a cost-effective way to learn. THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: SOLUTIONS FOR BACK TROUBLE (DVD, 1:12) offers private easy-to-do instruction by master teacher and physical therapist Deborah Caplan. The first of its kind, the DVD addresses everyday activities (sitting, reading, eating, brushing your teeth) using real people (a singer, a photographer, a lawyer, a grandmother, a dancer and a teacher).
This DVD, as well as FIRST LESSON with actor William Hurt and FOR DANCERS: THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE, will be of great interest to a population that spends $86 billion a year on everything form MRIs to prescription drugs in search of pain relief and has become an audience of a legion of back-pain books.
To read the clinical study, go to the August 19, 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal at bmj.com.
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