Today I’m going to talk about Bowen treatment for sciatica, explaining a little bit about how it works.

Sciatica is a common condition that can cause debilitating back pain. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back down through the legs, and when this nerve becomes compressed, it can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the lower back and legs.

Sciatica can be caused by a variety of factors, including pregnancy, a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis.

Treatment for sciatica often includes pain medication, physical therapy, and exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the lower back and legs. In some extreme cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve. However, there is another option that may provide relief for those suffering from sciatica: Bowen treatment.

Bowen treatment is a form of manual therapy that involves gentle rolling movements over the skin. These movements help to release tension in the muscles and connective tissue, which can provide relief from the pain of sciatica.

It is important to find a qualified practitioner who has experience treating sciatica in order to get the most benefit from this therapy. If you are based in the North West (Cheshire, Wirral), suffering from sciatica and would like to try Bowen, please get in touch.

The following video explains further, or, if you prefer, you can read about it below.

Bowen Treatment for Sciatica – Video Transcript

The treatment would be focused on relaxing the large muscles in the areas around the pelvic girdle such as hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes to name a few.  But like always, you are unique, and your Bowen Treatment would be tailor-made for you based on your contributing factors.

About Bowen Treatment

It works on muscles, ligaments, tendons, and the connective tissue of the body via gentle cross fibre moves.  These slow cross-fibre or “Bowen moves” work to bring about hydration to areas of tension allowing the muscles and connective tissue to move more freely and thereby reduce pain.

The process of a Bowen Treatment itself is very relaxing and works to get the nervous system to relax, and by doing so can bring about relaxation to other body systems that can sometimes be overlooked in terms of pain, either chronic or acute.

Systems positively influenced by a Bowen Treatment other than the muscular system include digestive, lymphatic, respiratory and all connective tissue or what is known as the fascial network.

bowen treats whole body

Each Bowen move is done at the level of the superficial fascia and affects the relationship between the fascia and the nerve, muscle or tendon being mobilised.

Fascia plays a major role in muscle co-ordination, postural alignment and overall structural and functional integrity.

All of these are negatively affected when the fascia stiffens, contracts, torques or dehydrates.

Following a Bowen treatment adhesions can be loosened, scar tissue softened and posture and mobility improved.

When you come for a treatment you might want your shoulder pain sorted out, that will happen, however, Bowen treats the whole body as well as where the pain is presenting, as our bodies are so clever in protecting us and automatically develops compensatory patterns throughout the body to help us cope with what is going on.

So, why is the actual move in Bowen so effective?

Why are there distinct steps involved in performing a Bowen move?

Why is it so important to make the Bowen move slow, emphasising each step?

It’s because, proprioceptors and mechanoreceptors are part of the nervous system.  They are sensory nerve receptors situated in the fascia, muscles, tendons, joints, and the lining of the bone.  They get information to the central nervous system concerning the movement and positions of the limbs, trunk, head, and neck.

There are various types of peripheral nerve fibres found within the superficial layer of the fascial system, muscles, joints and tendons.  They each ‘speak a unique language’ responding to different sensory stimulation based on their orientation and stimulation.

Some send information about muscle tone and joint positioning to the central nervous system. Some determine tension patterns held within the system, others are protective, determining end range of motion of joints. The brain then integrates this internal sensory information and makes large and small adjustments to movement, posture, and balance.

So to wrap up, The Bowen Treatment is a gentle deeply relaxing, non-invasive physical therapy, which frees the body up in order to attain its natural healing.

The treatment consists of carefully orchestrated movements, along the spine and at specific points throughout the body. These movements consist of a subtle rolling of muscle, nerve, tendon and connective tissue.

It is the deeply relaxed state, that Bowen treatment induces,  that facilitates the impact of specific soft tissue moves that seems to act upon the body’s autonomic nervous system to enable it to achieve homeostasis, at a cellular level, and to regain its own natural balance.

Some conditions that have been found to respond well to a Bowen treatment are:

  • musculo-skeletal pain
  • arthritic pain
  • acute and chronic back pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • fibromyalgia;
  • sinusitis
  • foot and ankle problems
  • frozen shoulder and shoulder pain
  • hamstring issues
  • headaches
  • inflexibility
  • knee and hip restrictions
  • plantar fasciitis
  • postural and balance problems
  • tennis elbow
  • TMJ syndrome
  • asthma and lots more.

The pivotal point in a Bowen treatment is when the body shifts from a “state of emergency or fight or flight” to a place of relaxation where it can rest, reset and heal. Blood flow increases allowing for oxygen delivery, cellular activity is improved, and lymph flow is stimulated aiding in detoxification.

And that is the end of the story of how Bowen treatment can help sciatica.

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