What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen Therapy is a unique technique designed to stimulate the central nervous system (CNS) into “unwinding” or “unraveling” compensations in the body that are causing pain or dysfunction. Basically, the body is given the opportunity to correct and reset itself in a manner that is within its own control.

What does this mean for my body?

Imagine you have twisted your knee, injured your shoulder, or rolled your ankle.  What happens around the injured area? A message is sent from the central nervous system (CNS) to the musculature around the injured area telling it to tighten up in order to protect and guard the injured area. Once the guarding is put in place it can remain there even long after the initial injury has healed. These compensations can alter the movement and function of the associated joints. The longer these compensations remain in place, the greater the chance of developing dysfunction in other areas of the body.

Let us use an ankle injury as an example. Initially the musculature around the ankle tightens or spasms to guard the joint from further injury. This limits mobility in the ankle and causes you to limp. When you walk, you are spending much more time on the opposite leg, increasing its work load considerably. This overuse often leads to pain and discomfort in the hip as well.  This discomfort triggers the CNS to tell the body to compensate for the pain felt in the hip which can then alter the movement and function of this hip.  Soon enough another area of the body will be affected, the lower back for example, because of this new compensation for the hip pain. So, a person’s lower back pain may actually be caused by compensations in other areas of the body.  The Bowen Technique allows the body the opportunity to unravel these compensations getting to the root cause of pain and dysfunction.

How is Bowen Therapy applied?

The application of the Bowen Technique involves a series of cross-fiber maneuvers over very specific points on the body; almost like plucking a guitar string. This stimulates the sensory receptors that send messages to the CNS. The CNS, which controls every cell in the body, then tells the body to unwind and release compensation causing pain and dysfunction.

 

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Randy Savard - Registered Massage Therapist

The human body is a unit; it is an integrated organism in which no part functions independently.  This is what Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” recognized. He insisted the body is a complete inter-related community of organs and systems, each dependent on the other for optimal health. Each system will compensate with the other to meet the demands of internal and external stressors upon them.

 

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