A highly effective treatment for migraines, it acts quickly to relieve migraine pain and effectively reduces the frequency and severity of future attacks, often with very few treatments.
The Bowen Technique Migraine Research Program which studied the efficacy of treating migraine headaches. 79.5 % of all participants experienced a positive result. At the end of the program, 36 of the 39 said they would recommend Bowen as a treatment to a friend or colleague.
Details of The Bowen Technique National Migraine Research Program
Aim: The National Research program was launched to determine the efficacy of Bowen Therapy in the treatment of the migraine condition. The research program was not aiming to record any changes in the volunteer’s migraine pattern according to frequency and severity over a given period after receiving Bowen treatments.
Selection of candidates: The Volunteer Group No parameters were set before the research program to attract a certain ‘profile’ of migraine sufferer. This was deliberate to ensure that the volunteer group was random but united by the fact that they were willing to try something new in the treatment of their migraine condition.
Selection of candidates: The research group was recruited from the members of the Migraine Action Association and based on a considered selection of participants on the basis that they were diagnosed as a migraine sufferer by a GP or hospital specialist. The women volunteers were well represented at different stages of their menstrual life ie.regular periods, pre menopausal, menopausal with / without hormone therapy, postmenopausal, hysterectomy. The Volunteer Group: ProfileOf the 39 Volunteers : 37 women, 2 men Length of time been a Migraine sufferer:1 to 15yrs : 13 volunteers , 16 to 30 yrs: 17 volunteers, over 30 yrs: 9 volunteers
The Therapists: All were fully qualified in the Bowen Therapy and fulfilled the qualifications set out by the governing body 'The Bowen Therapists European Register'
The Research Program: The program was carried out over a 6 week period. This comprised of a two week treatmentperiod during which the volunteer received three Bowen treatments followed by a four week observational period. The migraine volunteer kept a migraine diary throughout the 6 week period.
The Results of the Bowen Therapy National Migraine Research Program: Of the 39 participants: 7 registered no change in their migraine condition, 11 experienced a decrease in frequency of attacks, 9 experienced a decrease in severity of their Migraine11 experienced a decrease in severity and frequency of attacks, 1 participant experienced an increase in frequency. In all, 31 case studies experienced a positive result, yielding a response rate of 79.5%.
Attitude towards Bowen Therapy at the end of the program: 36 of the 39 volunteers said they would recommend Bowen as a treatment. Following are quotes from some of the migraine volunteers:“I have had more energy and migraine-free time”.“I have been so used to frequent Migraines , I can’t quite mentally adjust to not having pain.”“The most relaxing and enjoyable of any treatments I have previously tried.”“After the 2nd treatment, I had 9 days without Migraines which was wonderful.” “I feel I am more calm since having the treatment.”
The Migraine Action Association: Ann Turner, Director for the Migraine Action Association writes “The results from the Bowen Therapy National Migraine Research Programme are very encouraging. It confirms that this gentle, non-invasive, holistic therapy can help a wide range of migraine sufferers. The resultsconfirm the findings of the pilot study and the fact that several different therapists were involved illustrates that it is Bowen Therapy which is effective not just one skilled or gifted practitioner."
Conclusion:The results are very positive. As a holistic therapy, Bowen treats the individual as an integrated biodynamic system as opposed to an isolated ailment. Migraines can be triggered by any one or a combination of factors ranging from hormonal, sleeping patterns, neck and jaw tightness,exercise, travel, lack of food, allergies and stress levels of the individual. These factors are so varied, that a holistic therapy like Bowen must be considered as a valid option for the treatment of the migraine condition.
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