benefits of the feldenkrais method

Complementary  and alternative treatment for neck pain: chiropractic, acupuncture, massage,  yoga, tai chi and Feldenkrais. 

Physical  Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America: Management of Neck Pain  (2011) Vol 22 (3): 521-37 
Plastaras,  C; Schran, S; Kim, N; Sorosky, S; Darr D; Chen M; Landry R 

The Feldenkrais Method of  somatic education offers a clinical tool to help alleviate neck pain and to  restore natural function…. Feldenkrais may be used for headaches,  cervicalgia, post laminectomy symptoms, degenerative disc disease, thoracic  outlet syndrome, postural mal-alignment, hyperlodosis and flat cervical  spine...... 


Randomized Controlled Trial of Physiotherapy and Feldenkrais Interventions in Female Workers with Neck-Shoulder Complaints.

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 9(3) September, 179-194
Lundblad, I., Elert, J. & Gerdle, B. (1999)

The present study aimed to investigate whether physiotherapy or Feldenkrais interventions resulted in a reduction of complaints from the neck and shoulders (prevalence, pain intensity, sick leave, and disability in leisure and work roles) in 97 female industrial workers (not on long-term sick leave). Range of motion of neck and shoulders, VO2, endurance score (i.e., summation of pain intensity ratings during a static shoulder flexion), cortical control according to the Feldenkrais methodology, and physiological capacity according to a dynamic endurance test of the shoulder flexors with simultaneous surface EMG were also recorded.

The workers were randomized to: (1) physiotherapy group (PT-group; treatment according to the ergonomic program of the PTs of the occupational health care service), (2) Feldenkrais group (F-group; education according to the Feldenkrais methodology), or (3) control group (C-group; no intervention). Pre- and post-tests were made at one-year intervals. The two interventions lasted 16 weeks during paid working time.

The F-group showed significant decreases in complaints from neck and shoulders and in disability during leisure time. The two other groups showed no change (PT-group) or worsening of complaints (C-group). The present study showed significant positive changes in complaints after the Feldenkrais intervention but not after the physiotherapy intervention. Possible mechanisms behind the effects in the F-group are discussed.


benefits of the feldenkrais method


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