Bowen Therapy is an interpretation of the works of a famous osteopath, Tom Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982). It emphasizes on the treatment of soft tissue known as fascia which creates 3 dimensional webbing around every tissue in the body.Fascia derives from Latin meaning band or bandage. It is a type of connective tissue which is found everywhere in the body , housing everything from under the skin down to the marrow of the bones. It wraps itself around individual muscle fibers, whole muscles and holds groups of muscles together. It forms the tendons and ligaments and surrounds and supports internal organs, blood vessels and nerves. It also forms the meninges around the brain and spinal cord. So when there are issues with the fascia there are issues with the structures it encase. A special emphasis is placed on correcting any restriction or dysfunction in the dura-mater (the outer protective layer of the spinal cord and brain) “Dura” meaning tough and “Mater” meaning mother or what Traditional Chinese Medicine refers to as the governing vessel (Du Mi).
Since fascia is systemic throughout the whole body not only does the therapy addresses musculoskeletal problems but can also address physiological problems that relate to the systems of the body in which the fascia encases.
Benefits of Bowen Therapy
- Acute and chronic pain with muscular-skeletal or neurological origins
- back pain
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- neck pain
- arm pain and carpal tunnel syndrome
- TMJ syndrome
- shoulder pain (frozen shoulder)
- leg and foot pain (plantar fascitis)
- emotional depression and stress
- Sporting and other trauma injuries
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