Friday, 4 March 2016

Get Back In The Game

Bowen Technique: Safe, effective therapy for concussion

World wide, taking into account every aspect of medicine, there is no known remedy for the symptoms of sports-induced concussion, known as post-concussion syndrome (PCS), traumatic brain injury (TBI). Concussions in the sporting field occur regularly causing disruption of proper brain function. Symptoms may include confusion, disorientation, noticeably poor coordination, impaired vision,slurred speech, vomiting, forgetfulness, jaw irregularities, lethargy and more.
Despite the immense knowledge of world-renowned neurologists there still remains no effective treatment, Until Bowen......

 Between 1996 and 2003, Craig Mattimoe (2005), a Bowen Therapy practitioner in Menlo Park, California, USA conducted a non-experimental pilot-study on 30 volunteer adolescent athletes diagnosed with concussion, aged 15-29 (5 females, 25 males) and applied the Bowen Therapy Concussion Resolution Protocol (CRP) as a singular therapeutic intervention. 30 athletes were treated once, however, there were a total of 33 PCS cases as 1 athlete had 2 concussion episodes and was treated twice and another athlete had 3 concussion episodes and received 3 treatments over the time of the study, accounting for 33 cases. Mattimoe’s data showed that of the cases (n=33) treated with CRP, 90.9% self-reported as being asymptomatic within 72 hours or less, and 78.8 % were asymptomatic and medically cleared within 72 hours. One PCS case with the longest lingering symptoms took 12 days to recover. (Note: this study preceded the current 6-stage RTP protocols now used by most athletic trainers and coaches).

Such collectively swift asymptomatic resolution of an incomprehensible and remedy-less neurological condition is not only clinically significant but also unprecedented.

Read Mr Craig Mattimoe's full article below:

Bowen as Sports Medicine - Safely Resolving Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)  
by Craig Mattimoe 
Senior Bowen Technician, a Sports Injury Recovery Consultant, a Sports Injury Prevention Strategist  and Concussion Resolution Specialist.

Nowhere is the magic of Bowen more evident than in time-critical sporting applications. A gasping athlete rushes out of a game wide-eyed, both hands clutching his sternum; or grimacing in agony gingerly carrying a wrist aloft; or twisted and contorted, favouring an injury that is not immediately evident; or staring vacantly, staggering to the sideline. He or she may only say, “can’t breathe” or “something popped” or “fingers went numb” or “I saw stars.” You have only seconds to apply a good move or two, or if you’re lucky, a full minute to work some magic before the player sucks it up and has to go back in the game.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Adventurer Bear Grylls uses Bowen to keep him at his best - what could Bowen do for you?

To the outside world, the adventurer Bear Grylls epitomises supreme fitness. The man who catapults himself into alien, life-threatening environments, surviving on his wits alone, practically bursts with good health - or so it seems to the viewer watching him on television from the comfort of the sofa.
Yet despite appearances, Bear has been plagued with back pain for over ten years - for which he only recently found an effective treatment.

Twelve years ago, aged 21, he broke his back when training with the SAS after his parachute failed to inflate at 16,000 feet.
"I should have cut the main parachute and gone to the reserve but thought there was time to resolve the problem." He landed on his parachute pack, which was like an iron bar, and fractured three vertebrae.
It was extraordinary that he was alive, let alone not paralysed - but incredibly the spinal cord, which channels messages between the brain and all parts of the body, had not been severed.
Bear was treated at Headley Court, the defence forces' rehabilitation centre in Surrey.
"The doctor said I was a miracle man. I had come so close to severing my spinal cord. Because of my age and my fitness, they decided I could avoid surgery."
Instead, he underwent ten hours a day of physiotherapy, swimming, stretching and ultrasound treatment - a programme designed to help servicemen get back to active duty, but rarely available to civilians.
The alternative - and one offered to most people in a similar situation, but without Bear's peak fitness - is surgery to fuse the broken vertebrae.
'I had nightmares for months. Still, I was lucky to walk away without surgery - but ever since, I have suffered twinges and pains."
Deep massage helped, but he says he always felt physically 'unbalanced' by his injury.
Then a year ago his wife suggested he see a Bowen therapist. The Bowen technique, developed in the 1950s, involves using rolling movements over muscles, ligaments and tendons.
This is said to send impulses to the brain to trigger the body's own healing system.
Precisely how it works is a mystery, but many professional football clubs maintain a Bowen therapist as it has been shown to be very effective in realigning the skeletal structure.
"I was sceptical, but wanted to keep an open mind," says Bear.
He went to see East Sussexbased Bowen therapist Sarah Yearsley.
"With the slightest squiggle of her fingers, it felt like petrol was being put back in my tank and I could feel all the stress seeping away. More importantly, after my back accident, my spine and pelvis had lost alignment, so I felt unbalanced."
Sarah explained that Bear's pelvis was slightly twisted - and that this would cause endless problems and backache.
Most fans of Bear's Born Survivor series will not have noticed anything wrong, yet a subtle misalignment - visible only to the expert eye - can impact on total health For Bear, who is often jumping out of planes, having complete structural alignment is even more important than for the average person.
Bear describes himself as now 'hooked' and has treatment every month.
It has helped him prepare for his most perilous challenge yet. Next month he is attempting a powered paraglide over Everest's 29,035ft summit.
"I am scared I could black out in the click of a finger." If this venture seems inconsistent with his desire to lead a healthy life, Bear has an announcement.
"This is the last of my big expeditions or challenges. They're getting too dangerous. I'm not on the Ranulph Fiennes road of trying to beat the last expedition." Sir Ranulph has been an inspiration to Bear all his life.
As a boy, Bear climbed the bell tower at Eton, where the baronet had also once been a pupil. "In the lead lining, I found the initials RF. I put BG next to his," he recalls.
But while he is 'full of dreams and ambitions,' he also has a family and a long-suffering wife at home.
In fact, relaxation is vital to Bear, who says, somewhat surprisingly: "I don't thrive on stress. I love lying on the deck on our houseboat reading a book.
"I'm terrified of walking into a room full of people. Sitting down at a dinner table with 15 strangers brings me out in a sweat." Yet, he says, fear isn't the reason not to do something.
"I'm scared of heights, yet I've just abseiled 770 feet off Canary Wharf for charity.
"But the folly of youth is that you think you're immortal. Losing my father and having my children has brought me to my senses. I want to be around to love and guide my sons for a long time."

To make an appointment contact Beverley at Bowen Technique NI  Tel: 07835423827

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Bowen - the missing piece to a brighter future.

Chronic and acute pain affects a startling number of people in the UK. Back pain, sports injury's, post surgery, neck and shoulder restrictions, migraines, to name a few. Many people find it difficult to perform daily tasks and maintain jobs due to their pain and decreased function and mobility of their body. However, Bowen has improved the lives of many of these people where other methods, medications and treatments have simply fallen short. 

Bowen clients claim to have significantly reduced pain in as little as 3 sessions. 

Book your appointment today and insure your body for tomorrow!