A Method of Rehabilitation from injury or surgery
Bowen Therapy is manipulation of connective tissue, namely the fascia, both superficial and deep. Fascia is found around every muscle, vein, organ, nerve and bone.
It holds the responsibility of support, nourishment, lubrication and filtration of the body. The fascia is a fluid filled structure that supports the body in two main ways. The first is hydrostatic pressure within its collagen construct, which helps maintain upright structure.
Secondly it acts as a series of cables, pulleys and bandages to help support the skeletal frame. Evidence of this is seen in the reaction of an injury in a cold weather front. The lower atmospheric pressure creates less pressure within the connective tissue of the body.
The bones then have to support a greater percentage of weight resulting commonly in the injury being more acutely felt.
Within the Fascia is a cellular and extracellular environment. In the extracellular environment (the matrix) are Glycosaminoglycan and Proteoglycans which house fluid. It is in the free movement of this fluid that toxins and nutrients are transported throughout the body. Nutrients to capillaries, waste to the lymph and oxygen to the nervous system are some of its tasks.
As a lubricant its “oil like substance” is probably more commonly studied in its absence in the effect of rigor mortis. When these fluid filled structures are dehydrated, the opposing sides of the fascia are able to attract each other and consequently bond (hydrostatic bond) causing massive hindrance in movement.
The Bowen Technique is a sequence of cross-fibre moves. Although minimalist in appearance it is made effective by the nature of the fascial planes and their properties. Bowen has been commonly used with other modalities.
Physiotherapists find adjustments hold longer when the integrity is restored to an injured area. This makes it perfect for rehabilitation from injury or surgery. Other symptoms Bowen has helped include.
- Muscular pain and spasm
- Joint, ligament and tendon problems
- Some behavioural problems
- Skin disorders