NHS & NICE guidelines

Suffering from Low Back Pain? Alexander Technique available via NHS

In the light of the publication of the NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines on Low Back Pain published in May 2009 there is the unprecedented opportunity for low back pain patients to obtain the benefits of The Alexander Technique via their GP. NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health. 

Although disappointing that the Alexander Technique is included under ‘exercise’ and arguably does not receive due weight this is a significant step for patients . The guidelines do give the flexibility to a knowledgeable GP to actually recommend a one-to-one exercise programme of up to 8 sessions in 12 weeks. 

The advice applies to “adults (aged 18 or older) who have had non-specific low back pain, with or without pain in the upper leg (above the knee), for between 6 weeks and 12 months”. 

Do contact me if you are either a patient suffering from low back pain or a clinician who would like to work in partnership as part of a health care team in meeting patients needs.