benefits of the feldenkrais method

Chronic Low Back Pain:
Low Back Perceived pain and disability decreases after Feldenkrais’ Awareness Through Movement.

Alexander A. (2006)
Masters Thesis. Cal State, Northridge, June.

Movement method for motor learning was effective in decreasing pain perception and disability of adults who self-reported experiencing chronic low back pain.

Subjects, staff members of California State University Northridge, were voluntarily recruited for this study using email and word of mouth. Final sample (N=12) was comprised of males and females, aged 35 to 67 years (average age was 51.833). The intervention consisted of a total of eleven 45-minute Awareness Through Movement classes offered over a 5-week period. Participants were free to come to all 11 classes, and average class participation was 10.25.

Pain was assessed using the Visual Analogue Scale and disability was measured using the Oswestry Disability Index questionnaire, both administered pre and post intervention.

Multivariate Analyses of Variance showed significant differences (p < .05) pre and post testing and the investigation concluded that the Feldenkrais method was effective in reducing pain perception and in decreasing disability in a population experiencing chronic low back pain. This research paper supports the use of the Feldenkrais method for decreasing pain and increasing function in daily activities for adults experiencing chronic low back pain.

Photoanalysis of standing posture in controls and low back pain: Effects of kinaesthetic processing (Feldenkrais Method) in posture and gait.

In Woollocott M, Horak, F. (eds) Control Mechanisms VII. Eugene, OR, University of Oregon Press.
Lake, B. (1992)

Reported changes in posture in 61 patients with low back pain compared with matched controls after a mean of four FI lessons.

benefits of the feldenkrais method

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