Bowenwork and Chronic Pain

Chronic pain affects tens of millions of adults in America. Statistics reveal that 100 million adults in the U.S. live with some degree of chronic pain. More than $500 billion in health care expenditures is allocated for pain management and treatment.

Treatment options are usually limited and typically focus on pharmaceutical drugs and surgical intervention. What’s more, these treatment modalities have risks. Long-term use of NSAIDs – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, and Tylenol can cause damage to vital organ systems. 

Types of Pain

Consider muscle pain versus joint pain. Muscles are well fed with blood flow, and they recover faster from injury or trauma. Joints are more complicated structures that are made up of tendons, along with the dense connective tissue that connects bone to bone, called ligaments. 

In instances of referred pain, an injury at one particular location in the body can manifest as physical discomfort somewhere else.  Headaches are an example of referred pain. In many instances, while pain is felt on the top of the head or behind the eyes, the true locus of the pain is within one of the muscles of the neck, upper back, or shoulder. 

Bowenwork Treatment for Chronic Pain

Addressing the underlying dysfunction of the pain is the key to treating chronic pain, while considering all aspects of the body. When treating chronic pain within the musculoskeletal system, it is important to consider the muscle, joint, and connective tissue. There is a dynamic interrelationship between each of these physical components.  Hands-on physical medicine modalities are usually required to treat physical complaints. 

Comprehensive neuromuscular and myofascial techniques — such as Bowenwork or Bowen therapy — are extremely effective in reconfiguring the body away from chronic pain patterns.  Against the backdrop of prescriptions and over-the-counter pain medications, nothing can take the place of physical touch. 

Bowenwork is a simple and effective system of touch that activates the body’s natural healing mechanisms. The technique encompasses performing sequences of gentle stimulation called moves on specific points on the body interspersed with rest periods. These sequences prompt a healing response throughout the entire body affecting the nervous, energetic, musculoskeletal and facial systems. 

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 in the direction of increased symmetry. In essence, these effects remove blockages to the free flow of energy in the body. 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. 

Among the many benefits of Bowenwork that patients experience are relaxation, pain relief, improved mobility and range of motion, better sleep quality, and an overall sense of well-being. 

Bowen Technique can provide relief for many types of injuries and health problems, both acute and chronic.  

This is accomplished holistically, through the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Bowenwork treatment delivers signals to the nervous system at specific locations (on muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves), and the body responds in its own time, within its vital capacity. When indicated, more myofascial elements are added, addressing chronic connective tissue tension and adhesion. 

How Bowenwork Provides Pain Relief

As opposed to focusing on a single physical complaint, Integrative Bowen Therapy addresses the entire body by stimulating the connective tissue and restoring balance within the nervous system.  Many people live in a persistent state of high stress and sympathetic over-stimulation (fight or flight).  Healing is promoted with a shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic (rest or digest) dominance. Bowenwork enables that shift to take place.

The objective of each treatment is not limited to masking the sensation of pain, but to assist the body more toward a state of improved function. Naturopathic physicians have myriad tools to use for the treatment and management of chronic pain, all of which have proven clinical effectiveness with minimal risk of side effects. 

Heal Your Body with a Soothing Bowenwork Session at A Sanctuary for Healing!

You shouldn’t have to live with chronic or debilitating pain.  You deserve better! 

Make an appointment today with Laura Magpali, a Licensed Massage Therapist, at
A Sanctuary for Healing where you can enjoy a Bowenwork session that will finally bring you pain relief naturally and holistically! 

Bowenwork is appropriate for everyone from newborns to the very elderly and frail. There are absolutely zero contraindications for a Bowenwork session.