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Alexander technique lessons were effective for chronic or recurrent back pain at 1 year
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P Little

P Little, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK; psl3@soton.ac.uk

STUDY DESIGN

Design:

factorial randomised controlled trial. National Research Register N0028108728.

Allocation:

concealed.*

Blinding:

blinded (data entry personnel).*

STUDY QUESTION

Setting:

64 general practices in Southampton and Bristol, UK.

Patients:

579 patients 18–65 years of age (mean age 45 y, 69% women) who had low back pain for >3 months, Roland Morris disability scores ⩾4, and current pain for ⩾3 weeks. Exclusion criteria were previous experience with the Alexander technique, serious spinal disease, nerve root pain, previous spinal surgery, pending litigation, history of psychosis or alcohol misuse, and perceived inability to walk 100 metres. …

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