Bowen Technique By Karen
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|Posted on 13 January, 2013 at 7:56|
FIBROMYALGIA AND OTHER CONNECTIVE TISSUE TYPE DISEASES FIBROMYALGIA PATIENTS
The Bowen Technique, a healing modality, alleviates myofascia pain of fibromyalgia (FM) and balances the dysfunctional changes of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) as measured by clinical assessment and heart rate variability.
Whitaker, J.A., Marlowe, S., Bowen Research and Training, Inc. and the Arthritis Pain Treatment Center, Clearwater, Florida, USA.
To demonstrate that Bowen Technique ameliorates the myofascial pain and other symptoms of FM and that HRV is a valuable tool to help design protocols and treatments for these patients.
20 patients meeting 1990 ACR criteria for FM were studied to evaluate clinical improvement following the Bowen Technique and changes in ANS dysfunction using HRV.
The results were compared to age and gender matched FM controls. In addition 11 subjects without clinical symptoms of FM were studied similarly.
Twenty-three minute epochs were used in the HRV protocol and measurements were taken immediately before and after a Bowen treatment.
A single lead ECG was used to evaluate beat-to-beat variation measured by the time interval between R waves in milliseconds.
The intervals were analyzed using software by Arrhythmia Research Technology, Austin, Texas to generate both time and frequency domain parameters.
The Bowen Technique comprises moves in specific spots (using fingers and thumbs) by drawing the skin away from the muscle and rolling in the opposite direction over the area, thus, perhaps, creating a harmonic vibrational energy flow.
Most FM subjects reported some immediate relief following Bowen treatment lasting from a few days to months. In some patients, repeated Bowen therapy has maintained complete clinical remission.
Frequency Domain Analysis (prior to Bowen) demonstrated a low total power spectrum which doubled or tripled following therapy.
These results were statistically significant and correlated with improvement of clinical well being.
All FM patients with myofascial pain and other clinical symptoms of ANS dysfunction experienced mild to marked relief following treatment with the Bowen Technique.
Significantly, ANS dysfunctional before therapy was, partially balanced following treatment.
The HRV has been a valuable adjunct to the clinical assessment of FM patients, and will be useful in determining the protocols and timing of Bowen treatment for these patients.
HEART RATE VARIABILITY
Studies are currently being conducted to show that the Bowen Technique balances the autonomic nervous system. This is being done through analysis of heart rate variability (HRV).
HRV is a statistical measurement of the differences between the time intervals of heartbeats, which is an assessment of the autonomic nervous system.
Studies have been completed on fifteen normal subjects and 23 subjects with fibromyalgia, with the goal of thirty subjects in each group.
Most of the Fibromyalgia subjects are showing a remarkable clinical improvement with the Bowen therapy.
Results of these studies will be presented at future conferences. Two papers on these studies have already been presented to and accepted by the International Association of New Science and The American Academy of Environmental Medicine.
In another study the possibility is being explored that an unusual bacterial agent may underlie or be associated with arthritis and related rheumatic diseases. This same study is expected to help explain the flu-like effect sometimes experienced after the Bowen Technique. This is being done with microscopic live cell analysis and special blood cultures.
A preliminary study to show the effect of the Bowen Technique on alleviating the signs and symptoms of TMJ in 32 study subjects has been completed.
In addition to completing the above studies it is the intention of the organization to initiate a similar research on the effect of the Bowen Technique on many types of illnesses such as asthma, frozen shoulder and tic douloureux.
Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D., is an internationally recognized research and teaching physician, author of over sixty scholarly publications and has accumulated numerous awards throughout her career.
Dr. Whitaker has had extensive residence and fellowship programs in paediatrics, haematology, oncology, nutrition and psychiatry. She taught in seven different medical schools and retired as a full professor of paediatrics. She spent nine years in Southeast Asia, starting a new medical school and nutritional laboratory in Thailand and a post-graduate training program in Vietnam during the war.
After returning from Vietnam, she was director of the Florida Mental Health Centre in Tampa. She helped start and develop the first hospice in Florida and initiated the Little Kids Program for Abused Children at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Children's Program.
Because of her personal healing experience and subsequent commitment to the Bowen Technique, she has become an accredited Bowen Practitioner and is the President of the Bowen Research and Training Institute, Incorporated
Contents provided by the European School of Bowen Studies (ECBS)
For further details about the Bowen Technique please contact Karen on 01954 260 982 / 07714 995 299 or email [email protected]
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