Research on Bowen Technique
Many inroads have been made in the recent years to start research
projects evaluating the effectiveness of the Bowen Technique.
Effects of the Bowen Technique on Autonomic Nervous
System and the heart:
Tthis study by Dr. Whitaker MD has shown that the Bowen Technique
affects the Autonomic Nervous System by measuring changes in
value and pattern in Heart Rate Variability before and after
Ashley Pritchard at the Swinburn University department of Psychophysiology,
Melbourne showed that the Bowen Technique consistently reduced
subjects’ level of anxiety, and enhanced individuals positive
feelings by reducing tension, anger, depression, fatigue and
confusion. Objective measures of decrease in Heart Rate Variability
and muscle tension correlate with subjective feelings of relaxation.
This study by Dr. Whitaker, MD showed the positive effect of
the Bowen Technique on patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia,
they all experienced various degrees of relief, which lasted
from a few days to several weeks. The measurements of shifts
in the Autonomic Nervous System by Heart Rate Variability studies
fully complemented the clinical assessments.
A research project on the application of the Bowen Technique
on TMJ abnormality was started in Durango, CO by Dr. John Bauman,
DDS. Assessment of masseter tension by Bio Feedback, measurement
of bite and subjective symptoms were compared before and after
treatment. Immediately after the 1St. treatment one third of
patients felt dramatic relief in some of their symptoms and
20 out of the 22 patients showed significant improvement on
the post Bio Feedback assessment.
Dr. Whitaker using darkfield, phase and fluorescent microscopic
live cell analysis has shown blood chemistry changes following
treatment. These changes corroborate the reports by certain
patient of experiencing transient flu-like symptoms due to detox
reactions lasting up to 5 days following a session.
Dr. Bernie Carter's research is well under way at
the Metropolitan University of Manchester (UK) with lead Bowen
therapist Rick Minnery to follow over a 12 months period patients
diagnosed with frozen shoulder and treated by the Bowen Technique
to show its effectiveness. Initial data is very encouraging
77% of patients experiencing successful outcome from their treatment.
Upcoming Maternity Research:
Midwife and Bowen therapist Rick Minnery, in 2000 will start
a long term study on the effectiveness of the Bowen Technique
with maternity patients. Some research topics will be:
Pre-natal morning sickness, heartburn, breast discomfort,
symphyseal pain, lower back pain during pregnancy
The Bowen Technique as an aid to relaxation and reduction
of the experience of pain in labor and the reduction of
time of labor
Post-natal problems such as perineal trauma and particularly
breast problems (engorgement, lactation, milk or venous
engorgement, mastitis, poor or excessive milk production).