BACK PAIN RELIEF RESEARCH
There are many causes of back pain: herniated or bulging discs, sciatica, spondylothesis, arthritis, scoliosis and more. Bowen therapy can often help with these and other ailments as indicated by the following research study from the University of North Carolina:
A 1998 study determined the following results:
Practitioners rated the following results in their clients:
- 85% effectiveness in back pain with an average of 4.3 sessions
- 88% effectiveness in neck pain with 4.5 sessions
- 83% effectiveness in stress, tension with 4 treatments
- 83% effectiveness in their "other" category after 5.8 treatments
After receiving their treatments, clients reported the following results:
- 85% effectiveness with back pain
- 80% effectiveness for stress and tension
- 80% effectiveness with Fibromyalgia
- 95% effectiveness with TMJ
- 80% effectiveness with hip pain
- 75.6% for "other" conditions
Causes of back Pain:
A spinal disc herniation is a medical condition affecting the spine often due to trauma or lifting injuries, in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portion to bulge outwards beyond the damaged outer rings. This tear in the disc ring may result in the release of inflammatory chemicals which may directly cause severe pain, even in the absence of nerve root compression. The condition is widely referred to as a slipped disc, but this term is not medically accurate as the spinal discs are fixed in position between the vertebrae and cannot in fact "slip".
Spondylothesis is the anterior or posterior displacement of a vertebra in the vertebral column in relation to the vertebrae below. These "slips" occur most commonly in the lumbar spine. An individual suffering from spondylolisthesis will typically experience generalized pain in the lower back, along with intermittent shocks of shooting pain beginning in the buttock traveling downward into the back of the thigh and/or lower leg. Sciatica that extends below the knee and may be felt in the feet. Sometimes symptoms include tingling and numbness. Sitting and trying to stand up may be painful and difficult. Coughing and sneezing can intensify the pain. The individual may also note a "slipping sensation" when moving into an upright position. An increase in activity level, for an individual experiencing pain of this type, will likely cause the individual to experience an increase in pain levels in the day(s) following the activity due to inflammation of the soft tissues, which is alleviated with reduced activity and/or rest.
Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person's spine is curved from side to side. Although it is a complex three-dimensional deformity, on an X-ray, viewed from the rear, the spine of an individual with scoliosis may look more like an "S" or a "C" than a straight line.
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