Case Histories

Case Histories from
The European College of
Bowen Studies

European College of Bowen Studies Website
The following case histories demonstrate the power and effectiveness of Bowen. It is important to remember that although we are here mentioning the resolutions to certain conditions, this does not mean a guaranteed cure in all cases for all the named problems. The Bowen Technique treats the body as a whole, without referral to named disease, but naturally enough there are many situations whereby presenting problems are resolved.


Girl, aged 15 – 3 treatments
D. was suffering from 3-4 migraines a week, feeling sick and unable to get out of bed until the attack had run its course. After one treatment she had considerable improvement. Although she very occasionally has an “aura”, she has not had another headache in the 18 months since her third treatment.


Man, aged 21 – 2 treatments
R a keen athlete and mountain biker had suffered from shin splints for up to twelve years, usually triggered off by running. Physiotherapy had proved painful and given no relief. Within a few days of the first Bowen treatment he was almost completely pain free and after two sessions there has been no recurrence of the problem a year later.


Girl, aged 13 – 3 treatments
M. a very talented tennis player had been unable to write, use a knife or grip a tennis racquet for some months. After three treatments she returned to her normal standard of competitive tennis and had no return of pain.


Woman, 30s – 2 treatments
After three years of fibromyalgia, Gail felt pain in her ‘back, neck, limbs, all over’. After the first Bowen treatment she experienced extreme ‘anaesthetic’ tiredness for three days, then improved steadily: less pain, no falling down, almost no vertigo and walking and sleeping better. After only two treatments other members of her support group also experienced real improvements. ‘Unbelievable’, as Jenny said!


Boy, aged 4 months – 1 treatment
J. at four months old suffered from severe colic after meals which was distressing for him and his parents. During the Bowen treatment he seemed to relax completely. After one treatment he had no further colic.


The Bowen Technique is not suggested as a cure or even as a treatment for cancer. Instead it aims to offer an improved quality of life and more comfort during medical or surgical treatment and thereafter. The Bowen Technique aims to mitigate the effects that any illness, including cancer, might have on the body including symptoms and side-effects.


Girl, aged 9 – 5 treatments
A. came with her mother, complaining of feeling anxious about school, having nightmares, difficulties with concentration and making odd repetitive movements. Sessions one and two produced considerable improvement in general anxiety and behaviour. By the third session she was much happier and more relaxed and able to get on with schoolwork much faster. After five sessions, all odd repetitive movements had stopped; she was sleeping well and rarely having bad dreams.


Man, aged 40 – 1 treatment
P. was unable to put weight on his right foot and was in severe pain from the buttock right down the leg. He was extremely tense. The therapist observed his body relaxing during the treatment and when he left he was virtually pain free and walking normally.


Woman, aged 29 – 4 treatments
“As conventional medicine was struggling to alleviate the restriction and pain, I was advised by a rheumatologist to seek alternative help. I tried several other therapies but nothing helped. I tried the Bowen Technique and after four sessions I was amazed to feel the pain and restriction fade. Now I have Bowen once every few months to maintain health benefits.”


Woman, aged 83 – ongoing treatments
Mrs R has arthritis and in recent years has relied on a walking stick at all times. A mastectomy 29 years ago left her unable to straighten her left arm or raise it above her shoulder. After her first Bowen treatment she was able to raise her left arm above her head and straighten her elbow completely. After a night of intermittent cramps, her legs were feeling much freer and less stiff. After her second Bowen treatment, she felt steadier on her feet and stopped using her stick. She is now using stairs instead of the lift and her arthritic fingers are more mobile. Mrs R’s improvement is quite marked and with regular Bowen, she no longer thinks of herself as elderly and frail.


Man, aged 23 – 4 treatments
H’s left leg was in a brace following cartilage removal and damage to the AC ligament. His right leg was in plaster nearly to the knee due to further ligament problems, plus anti-inflammatory tablets. Some severe pain followed the first Bowen treatment and the left knee became temporarily more swollen. After four treatments the hospital verdict was the knees were now very stable and that a further anticipated operation would no longer be necessary.


Girl, aged 7 – 3 treatments + ongoing ‘top-ups’
After discussion with T’s mother, it was decided to say the treatment was for her frequent bouts of tonsillitis rather than bedwetting. T would wet the bed four or five times a week, occasionally more than once a night. T’s mother was instructed to cut out apples and apple juice from T’s diet. T wet the bed three times the first week. After the second treatment, T wet the bed twice. Following the third Bowen treatment T was completely dry all week and stayed dry for two and a half months (with one accident during this time). She has a Bowen ‘top up’ every two to three months and has had only one very sore throat in the last year which normally require antibiotics but cleared up naturally after 24 hours much to mum’s amazement.


Woman, aged 64 – continuing treatment
From Bowen practitioner Brenda Broadbridge – M had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for 12 years having regular hospital treatment for very bad osteoarthritis in the left knee and a painful neck which was tilted sharply to the left as a result of the Parkinson’s. Her posture was also affected with a tilt towards the left. The Parkinson’s caused painful muscle spasms and uncontrolled tremors and jerking.

M was discharged from regular hospital treatment in 1998 and began treatment with Bowen. After six weekly treatments, the pain in her neck had gone and the neck was much straighter. Her knee was much improved and the tilt in posture very much lessened. Her family remarked to Brenda repeatedly how straight and well M walked now. The tremors and muscle spasms caused by Parkinson’s Disease are not so intense, but “softer”.

Sometimes, M is just due for a pill and experiencing particularly noticeable tremors. As soon as the treatment start the tremors stop and M relaxes totally. When she gets off the table at the end of the session, Brenda says she is “like a 2 year old” – energetic and enjoying a freedom of movement that is more than she could have imagined possible before Bowen.

Has the Bowen treatment made a difference to M’s life? “Oh, yes – a big difference,”. She used to have to crawl up the stairs, both for safety and because of the weakness and pain in her left knee. The knee now supports her weight without pain and her posture and tremors are improved sufficiently for her to walk up and down her stairs regularly. She has a chair lift but very rarely uses it.

After the initial improvements in health during the first six to eight weeks of treatments, M did not want to give up her weekly treatments. So Brenda has been treating her every week for the past year. When Brenda has been away on holiday for a few weeks, M really notices the difference, her body feels different and she perceives that symptoms are building up again. Brenda notices a difference also when she gets back, as M’s muscles are definitely tighter. But M and Brenda have no intention of seeing what would happen without Bowen. Apart from holidays, they will stick to the once a week treatments that make all the difference.


For further information on “The Bowen Technique” and additional case histories see the ECBS website at – the European College of Bowen Studies