BackCare's Head of Research and Education assesses the best alternatives. Click here to read the full article, published in the Mirror. Yoga and Gentle Exercise each scored 4/5. Acupuncture, Pilates and Chiropractic/osteopathy all scored 3/5 - as did Listening to Music. Interestingly Sitting up Straight scored 0/5. I contend this is because, without the benefit of Alexander lessons to show them the right way to sit comfortably upright, people who try to sit up straight as an antidote to slumping tend to do it the wrong way, with tight muscles and too much effort.