The Feldenkrais Method - A systematic review of randomised clinical trials

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<p>Objective: The <strong>Feldenkrais Method</strong> (FM) is being promoted for a range of medical conditions. This article is aimed at summarising and critically evaluating the results of randomised controlled trials of FM. Design: Systematic review; literature searches were carried out in 7 electronic databases. All randomised controlled trials of FM were included regardless of indication. No language restrictions were applied. The data were extracted and valuated by two independent reviewers. The methodological quality of the primary studies was assessed with the Jadad score. Setting: Academic centre, UK. Participants: All human volunteers participating in trials. Interventions: Not applicable. Results: Six studies met our inclusion criteria. They were all burdened with significant methodological weaknesses. The indications included multiple sclerosis, neck/shoulder problems and chronic back pain. All but one trial reported positive results. Conclusion: The evidence for the FM is encouraging but, due to the paucity and low quality of studies, by no means compelling. </p><p>Author Keywords: Feldenkrais; alternative medicine; effectiveness; systematic review </p><p>KeyWords Plus: PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE-RELAXATION; MYOCARDIAL-INFARCTION; INTERVENTION; AWARENESS; MOVEMENT; THERAPY </p><p>Addresses: Ernst E (reprint author), Univ Exeter, Complementary Med Peninsula Med Sch, 25 Victoria Pk Rd, Exeter, Devon EX2 4NT England Univ Exeter, Complementary Med Peninsula Med Sch, Exeter, Devon EX2 4NT England </p>


Ernst E., &amp; Canter P. (2005). The Feldenkrais Method - A systematic review of randomised clinical trials.<strong> </strong><em>PHYSIKALISCHE MEDIZIN REHABILITATIONSMEDIZIN KURORTMEDIZIN,</em> 15 (3), 151-156.&nbsp;