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Alexander technique 'cost-effective' for back pain

By Nigel Praities

Alexander technique is a cost-effective treatment for chronic back pain, with the best effects seen in conjunction with exercise.

In an economic evaluation published early online in the British Medical Journal the researchers found an 85% chance a short course of Alexander technique would prove cost-effective, within a QALY threshold of £20,000.

The study found a similar result for an exercise prescription with nurse follow-up, but a combination of six lessons of Alexander technique followed by exercise was the most effective and cost-effective option.

The same researchers published a ground breaking study earlier this year that was considered by NICE for inclusion in their draft back pain guidelines.

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