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
- foot and ankle problems
- frozen shoulder and shoulder pain
- hamstring issues
- 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.