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Intervention Review

Alexander technique for chronic asthma

  1. Jane A Dennis1,*,
  2. Christopher J Cates2

Editorial Group: Cochrane Airways Group

Published Online: 24 APR 2000

Assessed as up-to-date: 5 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000995


How to Cite

Dennis JA, Cates CJ. Alexander technique for chronic asthma. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2000, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD000995. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000995.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Queen's University Belfast, c/o Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Group, Belfast, UK

  2. 2

    St George's, University of London, Population Health Sciences and Education, London, UK

*Jane A Dennis, c/o Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Group, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK. jdennis_uk@yahoo.co.uk.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New search for studies and content updated (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 24 APR 2000

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Abstract

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Background

'The Alexander technique' is a taught form of physical therapy involving a series of movements designed to correct posture and bring the body into natural alignment with the object of helping it to function efficiently, and is reported to aid relaxation. Some practitioners claim benefits for those who desire greater ease and efficiency of breathing, including asthmatics.

Objectives

The objective of this review was to evaluate the efficacy of the Alexander technique in people with chronic, stable asthma.

Search methods

We searched the Cochrane Airways Group Specialised Register, the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field trials register and the bibliographies of relevant articles. The most recent search was run in August 2010.

Selection criteria

Randomised controlled trials of Alexander technique (AT) for the improvement of the symptoms of chronic, stable asthma, comparing the treatment with either another intervention or no intervention.

Data collection and analysis

No trials were found that met the selection criteria.

Main results

No meta-analysis could be performed. An update search conducted in August 2010 did not yield any further studies.

Authors' conclusions

Robust, well-designed randomised controlled trials are required in order to test claims by practitioners that AT can have a positive effect on the symptoms of chronic asthma and thereby help people with asthma to reduce medication.

 

Plain language summary

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Alexander technique for chronic asthma

During an asthma attack, the airways narrow, causing breathing problems, wheezing and coughing. Asthma can be caused by allergies, pollens, stress or air pollution and can be fatal. The Alexander Technique is a form of physical therapy involving a series of movements designed to correct posture and bring the body into natural alignment and aid relaxation. The Alexander technique has been used by people with asthma, to try and improve breathing. The review of trials found there was not enough evidence to show the effects of the Alexander Technique in reducing the need to use medication for asthma. More research is needed.

 

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背景

利用亞歷山大技術以治療慢性氣喘

亞歷山大技術′是一種物理治療教育方式包含了一系列的動作設計來修正姿勢並且將身體調整到與自然調合已達到幫助其有效運作的目的,並據以協助身體放鬆。有些醫生宣稱這對那些渴望更加輕鬆和效率的呼吸病患,包含氣喘,來說是有益的。

目標

此次評估的目的是評價的亞歷山大技術對慢性穩定的氣喘病人的效果。

搜尋策略

我們檢索了the Cochrane Airways Group Specialised Register,the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field trials register和有關文章的文獻目錄。搜尋到2006年8月之前的文章。

選擇標準

為了改善慢性穩定的氣喘症狀的亞歷山大技術(AT)的隨機對照試驗,並比較使用其他介入行為或不介入的治療方法。

資料收集與分析

沒有試驗符合被選定的標準。

主要結論

無法作統合分析。一個新的搜尋於2006年8月被執行,但沒有找到任何新的研究。

作者結論

需要健全的且設計良好的隨機對照試驗,用以測試醫師們宣稱有關AT對於慢性氣喘症狀會有好的療效,從而幫助人們減少對於氣喘的醫藥照護。

翻譯人

本摘要由臺北醫學大學萬芳醫院劉怡敏翻譯。

此翻譯計畫由臺灣國家衛生研究院(National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan)統籌。

總結

沒有證據顯示亞歷山大技術可以緩解氣喘症狀或減少使用藥物。更多的研究是必需的。當氣喘發作時,氣道狹窄而造成呼吸困難,氣喘和咳嗽。氣喘可經由過敏引起,如花粉,壓力或空氣污染,並且可能致命。亞歷山大技術是一種物理療法的形式,包含了一系列的動作設計用於改正姿勢,並把身體調整到與自然調和並達到放鬆。亞歷山大技術已使用在患有氣喘的病人身上,並試著改善其呼吸。對於試驗的評估發現,沒有足夠的證據顯示亞歷山大技術有減少治療氣喘用藥的效果。更多的研究是需要的。