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(Solved) 17 Rare Conditions Treated With The Bowen Technique
In this previous article we reviewed 17 COMMON conditions that can be treated with Bowen Therapy, and today we’re going deeper on that thread and reviewing 17 RARE conditions that can be treated with Bowen Therapy.
These are conditions that do not come from just typical day to day wear and tear on the body, but rather are caused by specific diseases or injuries.
What Is The Bowen Technique?
The Bowen Technique involves a series of light, gentle, rolling hand movements on the body, with sessions lasting between 30 and 60 minutes. The movements are similar to a massage, but it is not a massage, as the moves are specifically targeted to the soft connective tissue (fascia).
The Bowen Practitioner will run a series of moves, and then leave the room for 3-5 minutes to allow the moves to sink in. Bowen is very gentle, meaning that it is suitable for anyone, ranging from babies to the elderly.
Bowen typically involves the patient lying face down or face up, fully clothed, but wearing light and loose clothing that allows the moves to be done through the fabric. Typically 3 sessions spaced out by a week will solve minor conditions, and more serious injuries may take 8-12 weeks.
How does the Bowen Technique work?
Most people live in a state of continual stress, from work obligations to family obligations, and injuries to financial problems – most people are highly stressed with high cortisol levels. Staying in high levels of stress, eventually causes the body to start breaking down.
Bowen Therapy stretches and relaxes the fascia, allowing the body to relax and reach a calm state of self healing. When the body is stressed, the sympathetic nervous system is activated (fight or flight) giving the body of burst of energy to flee from the scene, but preventing it from healing.
Receiving a Bowen treatment helps to calm the sympathetic nervous system, and instead engage the parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest). In this calm and relaxed state, the body is able to activate its own internal healing systems, and heal itself naturally.
This short video by NAT Education takes you through a quick demonstration of how exactly the Bowen Technique works:
This demonstration by the Integrated Bowen Therapy, offers a comprehensive 30 minute overview of how the Bowen Treatment works:
Rare Conditions Treated With Bowen Therapy:
- Muscular Dystrophy
- TMJ / Jaw disorders
- Plantar fasciitis
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis Elbow / Golfer’s Elbow
- Hip / Knee Bursitis
- Groin pain
- Shin splints
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
This demonstration by Dr. Heidi Rootes shows how the Bowen Technique works to relax the body and offer pain relief:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Respiratory Conditions & Allergies:
Fertility & Pregnancy Conditions:
- Inducing labour
- Improved fetal positioning
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Breast lumps
This demonstration by Brigid Fitzgerald gives a an overview of how The Bowen Technique can be used to induce a state of calm and relaxation:
Mental Health Conditions:
- Chronic fatigue
Head, Nerve & Inner Ear Conditions:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Hearing Loss
- Balance issues
- Ear ringing
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Meniere’s Disease
1 – Can Bowen Help Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is usually experienced as a buzzing or humming in the ear, and is often caused by head or neck injuries, ear infections, or ear canal blockages. Bowen Therapy works gently allow the body to realign itself, resolving head and neck injuries, and relieving symptoms of Tinnitus.
The European College of Bowen Studies, released a case study on Tinnitus which examined several cases where Bowen was able to successfully relieve Tinnitus symptoms, even if it didn’t eliminate it completely. This helped to make the lives of the patients more manageable than they’d been before.
Bowen Therapy works to relax the muscles especially around the shoulder and neck area, which can otherwise increase strain around the jaw and ear area. Without treatment, this can affect the alignment of the jaw, and put extra pressure on the ear canal and drainage area, making symptoms of Tinnitus worse.
2 – Can Bowen Help Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is often experienced as widespread pain through the body, and while not fully understood, is believed to be caused by genetics, infections, or physical or emotional events. Bowen Therapy works to soothe and relax the body, calming pain signals, and relieving symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
A Fibromyalgia Pilot Study was conducted by Tim Willcocks in which four participants (aged 39-52) with Fibromyalgia were given four Bowen treatments over a five week period. All four participants felt an improvement in their conditions, including increased mobility, less vertigo and less pain.
Bowen Therapy uses light, gentle moves on the body’s soft connective tissue (fascia), which engages the parasympathetic nervous system to allow the body to relax. In this state of deep relaxation, energy channels are opened up, and the body is able to naturally heal itself.
This short video by Bowen BTPA shows a documented case study on Bowen Therapy and Fibromyalgia:
3 – Can Bowen Help With Vertigo?
Vertigo is characterized by the sensation that the world is spinning, and is often caused by damage to the inner ear, possibly from infections. Bowen Therapy uses gentle massage-like moves to relax the body, increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage, which can relieve symptoms of Vertigo.
A Pilot Study on Fibromyalgia conducted by Tim Willcocks also examined vertigo as a symptom of Fibromyalgia, and found that bowen was effective in lessening both Fibromyalgia, and the associated symptoms of vertigo that went with it. 4 out of 4 study participants experienced this.
Bowen Therapy works to gently calm and relax the body, allowing it to enter a state of ‘rest & digest’. This allows the body to do it’s ‘clean up’, and through increased blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, the body is able to clear away blockages and problems that otherwise remain stuck.
4 – Can Bowen Help With Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s disease affects the inner ear, leading to dizzy spells (vertigo), and can be caused by viral infections, or improper fluid drainage in the inner ear. Bowen Therapy is specifically designed to bring the body into a state of calm, and allowing lymphatic fluids to properly drain
A study by Simply Bowen Therapy found that Bowen Therapy was able to significantly reduce the symptoms of Meniere’s Disease, by reducing sensations of vertigo and dizziness down to milder and more manageable levels.
Similar to its impacts on Fibromyalgia, Bowen Therapy works to put the body in a state of relaxation, dropping cortisol levels and activating the parasympathetic nervous system. This allows the body to drain fluids, heal, and get back into alignment
5 – Can Bowen Help With Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss is generally caused by over-exposure to loud noises, aging infections, fluid build up and poor drainage. Bowen Therapy is a system designed to bring the body back to a relaxed state, increasing lymphatic activity, clearing away infections, draining fluid and relieving symptoms of hearing loss.
A case study was done by Simply Bowen Therapy, which found Bowen to be an effective treatment for relieving symptoms of Meniere’s Disease, Vertigo and hearing loss, all of which are related to issues around the inner ear.
The Bowen Technique uses a series of small, gentle moves, that specifically stretch and activate the body’s soft connective tissue (fascia), and bring the body into a state of calm. This puts the body into a state where natural healing can take place, and fluid blockages relieved.
6 – Does Bowen Therapy Help With Sciatica?
The Sciatic Nerve runs from the lower back, to the buttocks and down through each leg. When pinched, it can lead to extreme pain, referred to as Sciatica. Bowen Therapy uses a system of moves to bring the body into a calm and relaxed state, allowing to realign and relieve symptoms of Sciatica.
The government of Australia released a study which found Bowen Therapy to be effective in managing Sciatica, as well as other conditions like Migraines, back pain, respiratory conditions and hay fever.
The Bowen Technique uses a series of light, gentle moves, specifically focused on the soft connective tissue of the body (fascia), which puts the body in a state of deep relaxation, allowing it to realign itself and unpinch nerves that had been pinched, to relieve symptoms.
7 – Can Bowen Help Hip / Knee Bursitis?
Bursitis is a painful inflammation of the fluid filled sacs surrounding joints, and is typically caused by repetitive strain, aging, gout, infection and arthritis. Bowen Therapy uses a series of moves to encourage blood flow and lymphatic circulation, reducing inflammation and relieving symptoms of Bursitis.
Setter’s Health Centre found Bowen to be an effective treatment in reducing the pain and inflammation around the hip and knee bursae, using the Pelvic & Sacrum procedure. Swelling is gently reduced as the inflammation is brought down, increasing mobility in the hips and knees.
The Bowen Technique uses a series of light, gentle moves, that specifically target the body’s soft connective tissue (fascia). This relaxes the body, reducing cortisol levels, increasing blood flow and increasing lymphatic flow and drainage, allowing the body to heal and reduce inflammation.
This video by NAT Education gives a brief overview of the Bowen knee treatment and how it can help mobility:
8 – Can Bowen Therapy Help Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen Shoulder is experienced as a pain or stiffness in the shoulder joint, and is often caused by a thickening of the capsule around the shoulder joint. Bowen Therapy works to soothe and relax the body, allowing fluids to properly drain and relieving symptoms of Frozen Shoulder.
In 2013, the Victorian Government in Australia conducted a study, which found that Bowen Therapy was effective in treating Frozen Shoulder, as well as related conditions like Musculoskeletal pain, neck & head tension, stress disorders among others.
The Bowen Technique uses a series of light, gentle moves, to stretch and relax the body’s soft connective tissue, and induce a state of calm relaxation. In this state, the body’s natural healing abilities are brought into action, and it is able to reduce symptoms of Frozen Shoulder, and improve mobility.
9 – Can Bowen Therapy Help TMJ / Jaw Disorders?
TMJ / Jaw disorders are experienced as pain or locking of the jaw, often caused by the jaw disks being eroded or cartilage being damaged by arthritis. Bowen Therapy works to calm and relax the body, allowing pain and inflammation to be dealt with, and relieve symptoms of TMJ.
Setter’s Health Centre has found Bowen to be an effective treatment of TMJ and jaw disorders, as Bowen works well in increasing body flexibility and mobility, and improving jaw performance includes predominantly increasing mobility.
Bowen Therapy uses a set of small, gentle moves, that are quick and effective at treating connective tissue and muscle conditions. Typically taking 8-12 weeks, Bowen restores balance in the body, allowing it to self-heal, improve jaw mobility, and reduce symptoms of TMJ.
10 – Does Bowen Therapy Help With Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the heel, leading to feelings of pain when walking, and usually caused by age, obesity, and activities like running. Bowen Therapy works specifically with the fascia to stretch and relax it, reducing inflammation and symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis.
A study by Simply Bowen Therapy, found that Bowen Therapy has been an effective treatment for resolving Plantar Fasciitis. They found that Bowen was able to bring the whole body into alignment, including pelvis, legs, and feet, to improve overall mobility and gait.
Bowen Therapy uses a system of tiny, gentle moves to stimulate and stretch the soft connective tissue (fascia). In this process of relaxing the body, it is able to realign, and straighten up between feet, ankles, knees, hips and spine. When the body is aligned, energy is able to flow.
11 – Does Bowen Therapy Help With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is characterized by pain and numbness in the hands and wrist, typically caused by pressure on the median nerve, often from poor wrist posture at a desk while typing all day. Bowen Therapy works to soothe and relax the body, reducing inflammation and symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
The government of Victoria in Australia, released a study in 2013 which found that Bowen Therapy was an effective treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as well as chronic fatigue, stroke, musculoskeletal pains, and whiplash among others.
Bowen Therapy uses a series of light and gentle moves to stretch the body’s soft connective tissue (fascia) and reduce stress and cortisol levels in the body. In this relaxed state, the body is able to realign itself and heal, relieving pressure on the median nerve and open up the carpal tunnel.
12 – Does Bowen Therapy Help With Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is a disorder of the nervous system, leading to tremors and difficulty with mobility and speech, and is generally caused by genetics. Bowen Therapy allows the body to enter a relaxed state where it can get back into alignment, healing naturally and relieving symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
Hansen & Taylor-Piliae conducted a study in 2011, which found Bowen Therapy to be an effective treatment of not only Parkinson’s Disease, but also of chronic pain conditions, multiple sclerosis, sinus problems, anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue among others.
The Bowen Technique uses a system of light, gentle, rolling hand moves that stretch the body’s soft connective tissue (fascia) allowing it to relax. By dropping cortisol levels and turning off the sympathetic nervous system, the body is able to enter a natural state of healing and reduce the severity of symptoms experienced in Parkinson’s Disease.
13 – Does Bowen Therapy Help With Tennis Elbow / Golfers Elbow?
Tennis Elbow, and it’s related Golfer’s Elbow, are characterized by inflammation in the elbow joint, leading to significant pain. Bowen Therapy helps to soothe and relax the body, reducing inflammation and relieving the symptoms experienced by both Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow.
A study by Setter’s Health Centre found Bowen Therapy to be an effective treatment for both Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow. Using the Upper Back & Neck procedures, Bowen is able to gently reduce pain, swelling and inflammation of the elbow joint.
Bowen Therapy works with tiny, gentle, rolling hand movements on the body’s soft connective tissue, inducing a state of relaxation. By reducing cortisol levels, the body is able to properly manage and reduce inflammation in the body, and reduce symptoms of Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow.
14 – Does Bowen Therapy Help With Infertility?
Infertility is characterized in couples not being able to conceive and have a baby, with the man either having low sperm count, or the woman having ovulation disorders, among other causes. Bowen Therapy helps to reduce stress in the body and improve fertility function between brain and genitals.
A study by Yinstill Reproductive Wellness found that Bowen Therapy was able to reduce levels of stress, anxiety and cortisol in both men and women. In a state of relaxation, their bodies were able to self-nurture and realign, improving fertility rates in both men and women.
We put our bodies through a lot of stress and hard work. When our bodies are stressed, they shut down the non-essential functions of the body, and reproduction becomes a low priority. Bowen Therapy helps to calm and relax the body, allowing it to bounce back into fertility.
15 – Does Bowen Therapy Help With Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine, which can be caused by birth defects or neuromuscular conditions. Bowen Therapy works to put the body in a state of deep relaxation, allowing it to naturally realign itself, reducing symptoms and pain associated with Scoliosis.
A study by Bowen Work For Families found Bowen to be effective in the treatment of Scoliosis, finding that a Scoliosis Protocol of 6-8 weeks, with a 1 month break and then repeated as necessary, was successful in realigning the spine and reversing the curvature.
Bowen Therapy uses a series of small, gentle moves on the body’s soft connective tissue (fascia), allowing the body to enter a state of deep rest and relaxation, and reducing stress hormones (cortisol). The body is then able to naturally realign itself and self-heal.
16 – Does Bowen Therapy Help With Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the large intestine leading to bloating, pain, constipation or diarrhea, and is caused by the nervous system, gut microbes or stress. Bowen Therapy works to calm and relax the body, relieving stress and relieving symptoms of IBS.
A study by Louis Attard Bowen, found Bowen to be an effective therapy in treating IBS, by working directly with the nervous system and bringing back the normal rhythmic functioning of the intestinal tract, and tackling the root causes of IBS.
Bowen Therapy uses small, gentle, rolling hand movements on the body’s soft connective tissue (fascia), that allows it to stretch and relax. By reducing cortisol levels and engaging the parasympathetic nervous system, the body is able to heal naturally and rebuild connections in the nervous system.
17 – Does Bowen Therapy Help With Stroke?
Strokes occur when blood supply to the brain is interrupted, leading to numbness in the face or difficulty speaking, often caused by the brain’s blood vessels being narrowed and constricted. Bowen Therapy works to relax the body, allowing blood vessels to expand and relieve symptoms of stroke.
A study by PubMed found that Bowen was an effective therapy at improving neuromuscular function in sufferers of chronic stroke, and that their overall physical health summary score showed improvements, despite grip strength being slightly reduced.
Bowen Therapy uses a system of tiny, gentle, massage-like moves on the body’s soft connective tissue (fascia), that induces a state of calm relaxation. In this state, the body is able to heal, improving blood circulation, lymphatic activity and neuromuscular function, alleviating symptoms of stroke.
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