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Bowen Technique / Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy (Osteopath)

Updated on February 12, 2014

Finding Relief From Aches and Pains

"Bowen changed my life.

"Let it change yours!"

[Sandria Marks]

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Back Pain and Other Problems

If, like me, you suffer with your back ~ or indeed if you suffer with aches and pains anywhere in your body ~ you will know just how tiring and debilitating this can be.

When I was nine, during ‘long jump’ at school, I landing on 'my sitting bone' (no safety cushions in those days). Oh the agony! An X-ray revealed that I had cracked my coccyx. I had also jolted my whole body out of true ~ but that didn't show up at the time.

I made matters worse, at the age of 12, by landing, once again, on my coccyx, when I tried skating! (Obviously, I wasn't a very well co-ordinated child!)

I visited the doctor and the hospital, but they could not help me, so I had to grin and bear it ~ not easy to do with a broken coccyx!

Understanding - Book on BowenTherapy

Benefits of Visiting a Reliable Osteopath

Time went by, my back pain continued, I started to limp, and Mum suggested an osteopath.

Mum knew about osteopaths. After suffering a twisted pelvis giving birth to my brother, the medical profession had put her in plaster of Paris, then surgical corsets ~ and finally discharged her from the orthopaedic hospital ~ 'a cripple'. She lived in agony, until she discovered an osteopath, who could free her of pain and give her back her life.

Wonderful Osteopathy

So I, too, began receiving treatment from an osteopath. The treatment did work wonders, but, in my case, my body had 'grown up' with the bones in the wrong position, so it took time.

I found that my neck was one of my most painful areas.

My osteopath was very good; she would manipulate the bones into place, but, unfortunately, it wouldn’t be too long before they clicked out again. Then my agony would return. It was not her fault; the osteopath felt that the problem was with my muscles. She was getting the bones back into order, but the muscles simply were not holding them.

Bowen Therapy

Coincidentally, a friend had recently trained in Bowen Therapy. This technique worked on the muscles. My osteopath agreed that this might be exactly what I needed.

And it was!

I am in much, much less pain now. I may go if the pain becomes acute or ~ if I am sensible ~ I will simply go for regular treatments to prevent problems building up.

Some people may respond better to osteopathy, and some may respond better to Bowen. Currently, I, personally, am sticking with Bowen, because it has changed my life, but I have taken my children for cranial osteopathy / cranial sacral therapy and it has worked absolute wonders, so, find the one which suits you, choose a reliable practitioner ~ preferably one who has been recommended ~ and change your life!

Osteopath, a Cranial Osteopath, Bowen therapist - All Recommended

Whether you choose an osteopath, a cranial osteopath, or a Bowen therapist, you could be en route to a pain-free ~ or pain-improved ~ new life. Good luck!

If you want to read up on the subjects first, and you would like some books, then there are plenty available on Amazon. You could read their reviews for more information. You may be able to borrow some of them from libraries.

Be sure to choose a reliable and trustworthy practitioner!

Cranial Therapy Books Online:

A Taste of Bowen

For Bowen Practitioners

Information About Cranial Therapy


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    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Stessily :)

      Yes, these kinds of therapist work with the whole person; the whole body ~ and they seem able to work 'miracles'.

      I think that they are wonderful ~ but you have to find reputable, reliable ones :)

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      6 years ago

      Trish, there is a myth that children roll with the punches and seem invincible in picking themselves up over and over again, especially in their determination to graduate from crawling to walking, to learn the intricacies of sports, etc. But the body does not lie, so every injury leaves its mark, and it's amazing how those injuries come back to haunt us, like shrapnel, long after the precipitating event.

      One of the pluses which I've noted in learning about chiropractors and osteopaths is that they communicate to patients the difference that good posture brings to recovery from any and all injuries. One of the ways that injuries steal through our system is through changes in our posture, "babying" (as medical doctors term it!) pain-riddled limbs, which then is expressed in contracted or loose muscles, tendons, etc.

      I can relate to your coccyx injury from skating! When I started to fall, I always managed to take it on my right side because I'm left handed. I've fractured and sprained my right hand innumerable times in skating. Once, though, I plummeted in a whoosh straight down on the ice; the pain that radiated from my coccyx was unbelievable and seemed to endure forever back then, despite my youth!

      I am glad that you have found effective relief. Thank you for sharing this information.

      Kind regards, Stessily :-)

    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      8 years ago from The English Midlands

      Oh, I see. Thank you, Grace, for the info :)

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      8 years ago from North Texas

      Oh, in the U.S., a doctor of osteopathy gets a D.O. degree.

      This is to distinguish it from the M.D. (medical doctor) degree. Chiropractors in the U.S. get a D.C. designation.

    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      8 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi Grace.

      Thanks for the comment :)

      Sorry, but I think that I must be missing something here ~ what does 'D.O.' stand for, please?

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      8 years ago from North Texas

      Trish, this is another odd coincidence. I worked for about 22 years as a medical librarian in an osteopathic medical school. I have learned much about osteopathy. Enough that I seek out a D.O. quite often. My primary care physician is a D.O. Of course in the U.S., they are licensed to prescribe drugs and do surgery.

      If D.O.'s were to vanish suddenly, our health care system would be greatly diminished.

    • Trish_M profile imageAUTHOR

      Tricia Mason 

      8 years ago from The English Midlands

      Thank you, mbwalz.

      It's great to have reliable health alternatives available.

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      MaryBeth Walz 

      8 years ago from Maine

      I have had wonderful health care from D.O.s all of my adult life. We are lucky enough to have an Ostopathic University near by and have D.O.s of nearly every discipline.

      It's so wonderful that you found some help!


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