In a study of twenty patients
diagnosed with fibromyalgia conducted by Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D., at
the American College of Rheumatology, almost all participants
experienced various degrees of relief which lasted from a few days
to several weeks.
Most reported immediate relief
following a Bowen treatment. For some, repeated Bowen therapy
maintained complete clinical remission. The results were
statistically significant and correlated with improvement of
London-based Bowen Technique
practitioner Nikke Ariff completed the Bowen Technique Migraine
Research Program which studied the efficacy of the Bowen Technique
in treating migraine headaches. The 39 migraine volunteers
consisted of 37 women and 2 men. Thirteen of them had been
suffering from migraines for 1-15 years; seventeen of them had been
having migraines for 16-30 years; and nine had had migraines for
over 30 years.
In all, 31 participants
experienced a positive result, representing 79.5% of participants.
At the end of the program, 36 of the 39 said they would recommend
Bowen as a treatment to a friend or colleague.
Ongoing research by Howard Plummer
in Wales has produced encouraging results. Initial outcomes
include increased vocalization, calmer behavior, improved
concentration and comprehension and improved head control and
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A study at the University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill compared practitioner and patient responses on
the efficacy of the Bowen Technique in treating pain.
Practitioners rated its effectiveness as 85% for back pain, 88% for
neck pain, 83% for stress and tension and 80% for fibromyalgia.
Patients rated the Bowen Technique at 85% for back pain, 80% for
stress and tension, 95% for TMJ, 80% for hip pain and 75.^% for
A pilot study on the effect of
Bowen treatments on fibromyalgia sufferers was carried out by Tim
Willcocks (Bowen Practitioner and Trainer). Four participants
(aged 39-52) who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia from 3 to 5 years,
were give four Bowen treatments over a five week period.
All four participants experienced
improvement, including better sleep, ease in walking,
cessation of vertigo, eased neck pain, improved balance and less
the Bowen Technique on the Autonomous
Nervous System and Heart Rate Variability
By measuring changes in the value
and pattern in heart rate variability before and after a Bowen
treatment, this study by Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D., demonstrated that
the Bowen Technique affects the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
By using Heart Rate Variability to
study the autonomic nervous system, early findings demonstrated that
Bowen treatments balanced the ANS. The control group consisted
of subjects with all types of rheumatological conditions.
Ashley Pritchard at Swinburn
University Department of Psychophysiology, Melbourne, Australia,
demonstrated that the Bowen Technique consistently reduced subjects'
level of anxiety, tension, anger, depression, fatigue and confusion.
A research project on TMJ
abnormality was conducted by Dr. John Bauman, DDS. Immediately
after the first Bowen treatment, one third of the patients felt
dramatic relief from their symptoms.
Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D has shown
that blood chemistry changes following Bowen treatment corroborate
patient reports of experiencing flu-like symptoms due to
detoxification reactions lasting up to 5 days following a session.
Dr. Bernie Carter at the
Metropolitan University of Manchester (UK) conducted a study of
patients diagnosed with frozen shoulder who have been treated by the
Bowen Technique. Initial data reveal that 77% of the study
group have experienced positive outcomes from their treatment.
Midwife and Bowen Therapist Rick
Minnery has begun a long-term study on the effectiveness of the
Bowen Technique with maternity patients including using Bowen
- to help reduce pain in labor
- to help reduce low back pain
- to treat post-natal perineal
trauma and breast problems.
Joanne Figov, RN and Bowen
Therapist, conducted a pilot study on a small section of patients
diagnosed with a form of Dystonia called Blepharospasm, a
neurological condition characterized by involuntary muscular eyelid
spasms causing forceful contraction of the eyes. The results
thus far have been very encouraging. Out of eight patients,
one recovered completely after four treatments and all the rest
experienced relief for a couple of days following each treatment.
Julian Baker and Helen Kinnear of
the European College of Bowen Studies (UK) investigated the effect
of the Bowen Technique on patients with long-term shoulder pain and
stiffness. Results indicated that Bowen significantly
improved shoulder function through increasing range of motion and
Shoulder / Psychiatric Disorders / Job-related Stress -
Early evidence suggests possible
benefits in the treatment of frozen shoulder, psychiatric disorders
and job-related stress.
Eilish Lund, is a lymphoedema
nurse who practices in North Wales. She decided to try Bowen
out on as many patients as she could, starting with those with
primary Lymphoedema and lymphovenous oedema. She found that
most patients felt better, moved more freely and after an initial
feeling of great tiredness, began to feel better.
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- effects on chronic pain
- effects on Fibromyalgia
- effects on Chronic Fatigue
- effects on Tic Douloureux and
- effects on cardiac dysrythmias
and brain wave activity
- effects on various
adrenocorticotropic hormones and neurotransmitters.