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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 College of Bowen Studies