Category: Health Benefits of Bowen

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The Bowen Technique and Frozen Shoulders

by John Wilks

Although the Bowen Technique is relatively new to the UK, a recent study on the evaluation of the Bowen Technique in the treatment of Frozen Shoulder (1) undertaken by Dr Bernie Carter, principal lecturer in Children’s Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire found:

  • ‘A high level of satisfaction with the therapy, a commitment to using Bowen in the future should they require it for another episode of frozen shoulder or other condition, and the intention to recommend the therapy and therapist to friends and family’
  • ‘A significant improvement in shoulder mobility and associated function for all participants, with 70% of participants regaining full mobility (equal to the non-affected side) by the end of the treatment.’
  • ‘Markedly reduced pain intensity scores and pain quality descriptors for all participants, although some participants recorded scores of 1-3 that they described as a slight ache to a mild pain. Participants at the end of the study no longer used the intense and invasive pain descriptors.’

The Bowen Technique cannot, from this study, claim to be 100% successful but it demonstrated a significant improvement for participants, even those with a very longstanding history of frozen shoulder. For the majority of participants it provided a good outcome particularly in relation to improved mobility.

All participants experienced improvement in their daily activities. None of the participants reported that their pain was having a severe impact on their daily activities, and there was a decrease in the reports of mild and moderate impact by the end of the treatment.

For the majority of participants (even those with a longstanding problem) it provided a good outcome particularly in relation to improved mobility. In terms of the outcome measures used in other studies – success rate, mobility, pain and functional status – Bowen can be seen to be a positive intervention and certainly one which participants in the study evaluated as being highly satisfactory.

For details of training courses and practitioners world-wide, please contact The Bowen Association of the UK.

Notes (1) Reviewed in ‘Complementary Therapies in Medicine’ Issue 01/032, ‘Health Which’ (July 2002) and Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery.

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Posture and the Bowen Technique

by John Wilks

Posture is a major influencing factor in the origin of our physical aches and pains. Our bodies are incredibly resilient at absorbing and dealing with the physical and emotional knocks that life throws at us. However, in order for us to function, we develop coping strategies and complex compensation patterns that enable us to maintain balance and order in our lives, both on a physical and psychological level. However, these compensation patterns can have a physical and frequently an emotional cost to us in the long run.

If someone has experienced a car accident that has involved a blow to their pelvis, it is likely that this will be reflected in every other part of their body, from the feet right up to the neck and shoulders. What is interesting to observe is how tight and weak areas of the body will compensate each other to allow us to maintain balance. These relationships often change dramatically after a Bowen session.

The key to effective treatment is to find where the original organising factor in someone’s condition is located. For example, a knee injury might be occurring because that person has a weak toe joint or a pelvic imbalance, which is putting undue strain on the knee as they walk, or headaches might be occurring because of an old fall on the tailbone.

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The Bowen Technique and Frozen Shoulders

by John Wilks Although the Bowen Technique is relatively new to the UK, a recent study on the evaluation of the Bowen Technique …