What is Bowen Therapy?

Category: Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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Bowen Therapy is used to describe a variety of therapies based on the work of the Australian body worker, Mr. Tom Bowen (1916–1982). The technique consists of gentle movements across muscles and tendons to relieve pain, spasms and stiffness of movement.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 2 2
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 0
General health 1 0
Improve mobility 1 0
Muscle tension 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bowen Therapy

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Bowen Therapy

Dosage Patients
every 6 weeks 1

Why patients stopped taking Bowen Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 3
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently using Bowen Therapy

Duration Patients
10 years or more 1

Stopped using Bowen Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 0
< $25 0
Not specified 4
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2 patient evaluations for Bowen Therapy

Dec 11, 2009 (Started Jan 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Monthly
Advice & Tips: Difficult to find a reliable practitioner. Tremors always dimisnished when I was on the table, but nothing permanent.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Nov 11, 2009 (Started Jan 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Monthly
Advice & Tips: Recommended by John Coleman. PD Symptoms (tremours) definitely reduced or absent afetr a session. Effect lasts for days.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 6, 2009 (Started Jan 09, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: This treatment was developed in Austrailia 20-25 years ago by a Thomas Bowan. You can Google Bowan Therapy and find out all you want to know. The treatment has been spiritual as well as mechanically workable. My mother had a bad sciatic nerve problem, she went to the Bowen therapist twice.....it was gone....that was two years ago. My therapist is the only one listed on the web for Indiana...as you go towards the Left coast they are easier to find.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks
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