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Feldenkrais Method Empowers Adults With Chronic Back Pain

Pugh, Judith Dianne PhD, MEd; Williams, Anne M. PhD, MSc

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000026

A phenomenological approach was used to explore the experiences of 11 adults attending Awareness Through Movement lessons in the Feldenkrais Method to manage chronic-episodic back pain. Semistructured interviews were analyzed. The results suggest improving self-efficacy through somatic education and awareness potentially offers a way forward given the back pain epidemic.

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia.

Correspondence: Judith Dianne Pugh, PhD, MEd, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, 270 Joondalup Dr, Joondalup, Western Australia 6027 (

Authors thank participants for sharing their experiences; Ms Jodie Krantz and other Feldenkrais practitioners for assisting recruitment. In addition, Authors thank the Western Australian Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust for financial support of the research project.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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