Back pain and Bowen therapy

Woman with back pain

If you have ever had a bad episode of back pain you will know how debilitating it can be. Affecting your ability to work, move easily and concentrate. Mood and even your relationship with others around you can also be affected and this can have a serious impact on your life.

When this happens to you the first thing you should do is seek advice from your doctor or health provider. Sometimes this may result in further investigations such as scans or X-rays to try and determine the exact location of the problem. You may be referred to a physiotherapist and given strong pain killers.

Unfortunately, sometimes the problem becomes a chronic one over time and the episodes of pain and inflammation will flare up intermittently. This is often the time when people will start to seek out and try and resolve the problem with a complementary therapy like the Bowen technique

Although it is best known for resolving back conditions, it can be used for any muscular skeletal problem as the therapy treats the whole body as well as concentrating on certain areas. Bowen therapy is a very gentle treatment and gentle moves are made on the skin (fascial layer) over specific muscles and tendons around the body. It is often a very relaxing treatment as the muscles will start to relax immediately.

Although it feels a very gentle treatment, the effects of Bowen can be very powerful on the body. Usually, three treatments are done initially, with a continuous weekly review of how the body is responding to treatment.

During this time as the body receives the Bowen therapy, it can show some unusual changes. The condition can sometimes temporarily get worse, the pain may move about and sometimes very old injuries may start to twinge. These are all signs that the treatment is starting to affect the body and should not be seen as negative.

Most will show improvement in their condition after this time but some may need further treatments or wish to continue with regular 'maintenance' every few weeks or months. During treatment, suggestions may be made about lifestyle changes to help to improve the general condition of the body to assist with healing. Exercises may also be suggested to help improve the mobility of joints. It will be advised to drink lots of water and keep the body permanently fully hydrated throughout.

Bowen technique is a suitable treatment for all and can be a solution to long-standing muscular skeletal problems that have previously not responded to other treatments.

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Written by Catherine Wells, Forest Bank Therapies

Catherine Wells is an experienced general Complementary Therapist qualified in many areas, treating many different physical conditions on a weekly basis.

She presents regular talks and workshops on some of her therapies to groups and organisations for general interest.… Read more

Written by Catherine Wells, Forest Bank Therapies

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