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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 clinical
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 improved balance.
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 other conditions.
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 exhaustion.
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
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) is conducting 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
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 reducing pain.
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.