PRESS RELEASE – More than $30 billion was spent on complementary health care in the United States in one year according to an analysis of data in the 2012 National Health Interview Survey that was released on June 22, 2016. The survey included children, as well as adults. According to the survey, about 59 million Americans age 4 or older had at least one out-of-pocket expenditure related to a complementary health approach.
In a recent article published in the New York Times, the CDC issued guidelines to limit opioid painkiller prescriptions, the overuse of which has contributed to a “pervasive and deadly epidemic in the U.S.”, the agency’s director said. So more and more people will need to seek a different method to address their pain.
An effective and complementary health approach to manage pain without using drugs, surgery or supplements is a technique called Bowenwork®. This technique originated in Australia and was introduced to the US about 20 years ago. Dr. Robert J. Rowen, known as the “The Father of Medical Freedom” for pioneering the nation’s first statutory protection for alternative medicine in 1990, mentions Bowenwork as “The Gentlest, Most Effective Pain Therapy Ever” in “The Second Opinion” in July 2003. Daily Health News published an article in January 2005, Help from Head to Toe
So what is Bowenwork?
Bowenwork is a system of touch that initiates a series of responses through stimulation of the nervous, musculoskeletal, fascial and energetic systems of the human body.
Practitioners perform a sequence of gentle stimulations of specific points on the body, interspersed with rest periods. The Bowenwork “moves” stimulate nerve endings in muscles and the superficial fascia. The body’s response to this stimulation, which begins during the rest periods, includes a balancing of the autonomic nervous system and changes in the musculoskeletal system. These effects in turn remove blockages to the free flow of energy in the body. From the point of view of complementary health care, when the body’s nervous and energetic systems are in balance, its physical, emotional and mental functions are able to return to a healthy state.
The Philosophy and Practice of Bowenwork
The purpose of a Bowenwork session is to activate the innate healing mechanisms within the body so that, given time, the autonomic nervous system will self-regulate, energy will move more freely, and the body will heal to the extent it is able.
The work is gentle on the client’s body. In line with Bowenwork’s overarching philosophy of “Less is best,” practitioners aim to provide only enough inputs to elicit the body’s healing response. The number of inputs and length of the rest periods are determined for each client during each session; hence sessions do not have a fixed duration but rather can vary from a few moments to an hour, with the rest periods generally taking more time than the hands-on work.
Responses in the nervous and energetic systems can continue for up to 10 days after each Bowen session. Therefore, sessions are typically scheduled a week or two apart to allow these processes to complete before providing new input. The client is given self-care advice to stay appropriately hydrated, performing targeted gentle exercises daily, and seeking advice from other health-care providers as needed.
Here are several testimonials about this technique:
“Anyone out there suffering from Fibromyalgia, Acid Reflux, Headaches, Sciatica or TMJ? I can say first hand that Bowenwork worked for me on all of those issues. It amazed me that the relief was almost immediate considering that I had been suffering for years. Treat yourself to some Bowenwork.” – Kathy, Redding, California
So friends and clients have been asking me how is Diana doing and did she really only have one Bowenwork session (almost 2 months ago). Well, I got to talk with Diana this evening and she reports that she is doing very well, moving/ walking/ living without sciatic pain, balance issues, headaches, digestive issues. Diana also shared that her chronic hand tremors (due to nerve damage from a previous medication) no longer trouble her. I could only reply to Diana that her response to Bowenwork is simply wild, wonderful and amazing”. Diana – Vickie, California
Vickie Fu of BowenWorks Wonders
Vickie Fu stumbled across Bowenwork in 2012 looking to help her husband Richard who suffered chronic back pain & spasms for over 20 years with flare ups becoming more frequent and intense. After 2 sessions of Bowenwork, his back pain & spasms RESOLVED!! Over the next weeks, Vickie witnessed how wonderfully Bowen “worked” for herself, family members & close friends. Soon after, she found herself learning and practicing on every willing body in her community to become a certified practitioner. She realized her calling to be “hands on” in helping others live better and often times PAIN FREE within 1 to 3 sessions!
As a pharmacist, Vickie is familiar with how medications work & how they are prescribed to manage symptoms of acute and chronic conditions & disease states. She is also well aware of the side effects, adverse effects, and the potential for addiction to some of these medications. She views the current opioid epidemic in the U.S. as a breakdown on all fronts, finding millions abusing or addicted to opioid pain medications, costing billions in healthcare and hospitalizations, and hundreds of thousands of lives lost due to overdose over the past decade.
As a Bowenwork practitioner, Vickie strives for & confirms the “less is best” approach. Her Bowenwork sessions stay true to the technique with pauses throughout, her clients experience significant pain relief and resolution, they rely less and less on drugs to manage their symptoms (e.g. muscle spasms, pain, headaches, migraines, congestion, constipation…) and a majority do not need to return weekly to stay well or pain free.
Because of how quickly and effectively Bowenwork “works”, it has given Vickie the opportunity to serve hundreds of people within a few years. She continues to celebrate in her practice working with people at various ages & stages of health, providing “hands on” relief and help. She sees using her hands to do Bowenwork offers hope, help and healing to those suffering and in pain.
Vickie earned her doctorate degree in pharmacy from the University of Southern California and her Bowenwork certification from the American Bowen Academy. She started BowenWorks Wonders in her home office in Granite Bay and has recently relocated BowenWorks Wonders into a much larger office in Rocklin with 2 other certified practitioners.
What is Bowenwork?
Bowenwork is hands-on healthcare. Bowenwork is a profoundly effective & noninvasive therapeutic bodywork involving a sequence of small rolling movements made by the practitioner’s fingers and or thumbs over specific points on the body. With each sequence of movements and pauses made over muscles, tendons & ligaments, signals are sent to the autonomic nervous system processed to respond.
Response occurs during the session & into the next week towards rebalance & recovery, resulting in deep relaxation, resetting of muscle tension, changes in range of motion, lymphatic drainage/ detoxification & pain relief.
Because of the profound effects on the body as a whole, Bowen therapy has wide applications compared to other bodywork modalities. It is helpful in alleviating symptoms of various acute injuries to chronic conditions, as well as keeping a healthy body operating optimally. It is safe, gentle & appropriate for all ages & stages of life from infants to the elderly and from the healthy & expectant mothers to the most clinically frail.
Conditions Addressed by Bowenwork:
While Bowen Therapy cannot be said to “cure” any condition, many therapists have been successful in addressing problems relating to these and other conditions.
- Crohn’s disease
- Chronic diarrhea
- Bed-wetting in children
- Menstrual pain
- Fibroids in breast & uterus
- Prostate problems
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Earache & ear infections
- Back pain
- Frozen shoulder & shoulder pain
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Arthritis pain
- Migraine & headache pain
- TMJ syndrome
- Postural & gait problems
- Sports injuries
- Shin splints
- Plantar fasciitis
- Knee & hip problems
- Foot & ankle problems
- Pelvic problems
Bowenwork Therapy For Concussions
Bowen therapy is being used successfully to address acute concussions and Post Concussion Syndrome.