Bowen Therapy uses a series of simple, gentle rolling moves across muscle, bone and fascia performed by the doctor. Because it works in harmony with the body, by stimulating the body to do what is does best and that is heal itself. Bowen Therapy is extremely effective for any muscular, skeletal, or nerve related conditions. It has also been successful in treating chronic pain due to injury. It is not a forceful manipulation and it is not massage but it will align your body, restoring function and decreasing pain. Developed in the 1950’s by Australian Tom Bowen, its success has been spreading across the world.
Bowen Therapy – Effective for All Ages
Bowen Therapy is so safe and gentle it can be used on anyone from infants to the elderly. It produces a deep relaxation and can release blocked emotional energy, which can accelerate the healing process. Most people see either a complete resolution of their symptoms or a significant improvement and rarely need ongoing care. The majority of people only need 4-6 treatments. Scenar treatments can be a useful adjunct to Bowen therapy as they complement each other very well. Treatments typically last 60-90 minutes and need to be done a weekly basis for 4 weeks typically. Some people occasionally need one or two follow up visits for a “tune-up”. Book early as the time slots fill up quickly and be sure you can commit to at least 4 weeks to obtain maximum results.
COMMON CONDITIONS THAT BENEFIT FROM BOWEN THERAPY OR A COMBINATION OF BOWEN AND SCENAR ARE:
- Knee/Hip Pain
- Back/Neck Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder Pain/bursitis/tendonitis
- Carpal Tunnel
- Coccyx/tailbone pain
- Pre/Post Operative Recovery
- Irritable bowel syndrome
If you or someone you know is suffering from any of these conditions, there is a strong probability that symptoms can be reduced or eliminated with these safe and gentle techniques.
BOWEN THERAPY IS NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE AT THIS TIME.
RESEARCH STUDIES ON BOWEN THERAPY – http://www.universitypainclinic.ca/BOWEN-RESEARCH.html
WHILE FUNDING FOR RESEARCH REMAINS LIMITED, SOME THERAPISTS AND MD’S ARE DOING SMALL SCALE STUDIES TO DOCUMENT THE EFFICACY OF BOWEN THERAPY AS SEEN BELOW:
In a study of twenty patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia conducted by Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D., at the American College of Rheumatology, almost all participants experienced various degrees of relief which lasted from a few days to several weeks.
Most reported immediate relief following a Bowen treatment. For some, repeated Bowen therapy maintained complete clinical remission. The results were statistically significant and correlated with improvement of clinical well-being.
Migraine Research Study
London-based Bowen Technique practitioner Nikke Ariff completed the Bowen Technique Migraine Research Program which studied the efficacy of the Bowen Technique in treating migraine headaches. The 39 migraine volunteers consisted of 37 women and 2 men. Thirteen of them had been suffering from migraines for 1-15 years; seventeen of them had been having migraines for 16-30 years; and nine had had migraines for over 30 years.
In all, 31 participants experienced a positive result, representing 79.5% of participants. At the end of the program, 36 of the 39 said they would recommend Bowen as a treatment to a friend or colleague.
Asthma Research Study
Nikke Ariff is a Bowen therapist who, between 2002 and 2004 carried out a research program to test the efficacy of the Bowen Technique with Asthma sufferers. The research was carried out over a twelve month period. The majority of participants had been suffering from Asthma over 5 years, most for over 15 years. The results were very positive. Eighty-three percent of the participants reported a reduction in the frequency of their asthma attacks and 75% of the participants reported using less medication than before the Bowen Research project.
Of the 24 Volunteers who completed the program, 22 reported that secondary health concerns had also improved, including back, neck and shoulder problems; knee and joint problems; headaches and migraines; hay fever; irritable bowel syndrome and digestion; circulation; insomnia; anxiety, stress, depression and energy level improvement.
Exercise and Sports Science
A study at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill compared practitioner and patient responses on the efficacy of the Bowen Technique in treating pain. Practitioners rated its effectiveness as 85% for back pain, 88% for neck pain, 83% for stress and tension and 80% for fibromyalgia. Patients rated the Bowen Technique at 85% for back pain, 80% for stress and tension, 95% for TMJ, 80% for hip pain and 75% for other conditions.
Effects of the Bowen Technique on the Autonomous Nervous System and Heart Rate Variability
By measuring changes in the value and pattern in heart rate variability before and after a Bowen treatment, this study by Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D., demonstrated that the Bowen Technique affects the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
By using Heart Rate Variability to study the autonomic nervous system, early findings demonstrated that Bowen treatments balanced the ANS. The control group consisted of subjects with all types of rheumatological conditions.
A research project on TMJ abnormality was conducted by Dr. John Bauman, DDS. Immediately after the first Bowen treatment, one third of the patients felt dramatic relief from their symptoms.
Dr. Bernie Carter at the Metropolitan University of Manchester (UK) conducted a study of patients diagnosed with frozen shoulder who have been treated by the Bowen Technique. Initial data reveal that 77% of the study group have experienced positive outcomes from their treatment.
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