Derek Climpson BSc Hons, Lic Ac, MBAcC, MSTAT

        Alexander Technique Clinics :
Chelmsford    –  Mondays  10am – 7pm
Brentwood     – Tuesdays  10am – 7pm
Leigh on Sea – Thursdays 10 am – 7pm

Derek Climpson BSc Hons, Lic Ac, MBAcC, MSTAT

Alexander Technique Clinics in Brentwood, Chelmsford and Leigh-on-Sea

Tel. 07702 631 259

Knee osteoarthritis, has been estimated to affect over 12.5% of the UK population. (This blog focusses on osteoarthritis and not the much less common condition of rheumatoid arthritis which is a separate condition )

Osteoarthritis of the knee is generally viewed as a degenerative disease of the bony surfaces of the knee and the articulated cartilage and the OA related pain is a direct result of this destructive process.

NHS Physiotherapy typically conservatively treats knee osteoarthritis with a very direct approach of strengthening exercises targeting the leg muscles which if they have a benefit is usually small and short lived.

Knee Osteoarthritis  and Alexander Technique trial:
Reductions in co-contraction following neuromuscular re-education in people with knee osteoarthritis . 2016
Preece, Jones , Brown, Cacciatore, Jones

In 2016, a total of 21 people aged 40-70 with osteoarthritis confirmed by X-ray were recruited for the trial. Each person had 20 individual Alexander Technique sessions lasting 40 mins over a 12 week period.

  • At the end of the trial, there was an average 56% reduction in pain score which was maintained 15 months later.
  • Of the 15 participants who were taking painkillers at the start of the trial, by the end of the trial, 10 had reduced or stopped taking the medication and 5 had maintained the same level
  •  15 participants also reported other areas of musculoskeletal pain prior to the start of the trial . At the end of the trial, 11 reported improvements in the specified pain areas as a result of the process.

Unlike physiotherapy, the Alexander Technique takes an indirect approach, treating the condition within a whole person approach. Balance and coordination tend to improve and as a result the compression forces on the knee are lessened.

This was only a small trial but there was a significant reduction in knee pain and stiffness and improvement in knee function which was maintained at 15 months.