21st September 2017 | News Archive

In October 2016 CNHC liaised with the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) to co-ordinate our responses to the NICE consultation on its guidelines for Parkinson’s Disease. The Alexander Technique had been included in the original guideline but NICE’s draft guideline proposed removing the specific recommendation for Alexander Technique lessons.

CNHC responded to the consultation, reinforcing points made by STAT, and also stating that Alexander Technique teaching has been recognised as a health occupation by the Professional Standards Authority, along with all CNHC registered disciplines, as part of CNHC’s Accredited Register.

The final guideline was published in late July 2017 and we are delighted to see that the advice on offering Alexander Technique lessons as an option has been reinstated. Julia Woodman, Chair of STAT’s Research Group contacted us to say: “On behalf of STAT, I just wanted to thank you again for the detailed submission you made to NICE in relation to the Parkinson’s guidelines update. The great news is that NICE has accepted most of the points that both CNHC and STAT raised.”

The updated guidelines contain the following statement in the section titled ‘Nonpharmacological management of motor and non-motor symptoms’:

1.7.4 Consider the Alexander Technique for people with Parkinson’s disease who are experiencing balance or motor function problems.

You can view the full updated guidelines from NICE here: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng71/chapter/Recommendations