The Bowen therapy technique is a very gentle and non-invasive, yet extremely powerful, practical soft connective tissue therapy that addresses all systems of the body restoring natural balance within the body. A Bowen treatment consists of sequences of small movements at different pressures, each at a specific site in the body. The treatment is pleasant: therapists perform light and cross maneuvers of muscles, tendons or ligaments without forced manipulation. Your Bowen therapist should inform you that you may or may not have little pain and discomfort after treatment.
I had treated many of Bowen's treatments as “just the session, expecting the session to be the resolution time, not really understanding that the real impact on my body was going to occur in the days following the session. Many people with long-term chronic conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, find benefits from attending Bowen's regular treatments as part of their ongoing treatment plan. The body continues to adapt for days after treatment, with Bowen's movements giving the body the triggers to begin a healing process, not the healing process itself. While sessions can vary between practices, a person can usually expect the therapist to use their thumbs and fingers to apply gentle, precise pressure to the treatment area.
The objective of this prospective, randomized study is to explore the effectiveness of Bowen therapy in treating pain in patients with fibromyalgia. Bowen therapy is a type of holistic approach that people often use to help with muscle and joint health, as well as other potential health problems. Bowen therapy uses specific sequences of gentle cross-fiber movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia to stimulate or improve blood and lymph flow and, therefore, activate the body's healing mechanisms that improve tissue repair. Bowen therapy can be used to treat related musculoskeletal or neurological problems, including acute sports injuries and chronic or organic conditions.
There is little information available about side effects related to Bowen therapy, but experts say the therapy is safe for newborns, older adults, and everyone in between. The Bowen Therapeutic Technique (Bowen Therapy) is completely safe for the newborn, the frail and the elderly. The Bowen technique is safe to use on anyone, from newborns to the elderly and for any related musculoskeletal or neuromuscular condition. A therapist can use the technique on the deep or superficial fascia to promote pain relief and relieve other symptoms by addressing the underlying cause.
Your therapist may recommend that you do not have any other physical therapy or other forms of manipulation, such as massage, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, or kinesiology, for a week after treatment, while your body adjusts to the treatment. However, some therapists advise their clients to avoid other muscle-manipulating therapies for at least 1 week after the session to allow the body to adapt.