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The Bowen Technique® and chronic, non-specific low back pain: a feasibility study

Michael F Morris MSc., Dr David R Ellard PhD., Dr Shilpa Patel C.Psychol.


 Background: The aim was to evaluate the feasibility of conducting a randomised control trial (RCT) into the effectiveness of The Bowen Technique as a treatment option for the management of chronic, non-specific low back pain.

Method: A single blind RCT conducted in one private Bowen treatment centre. Participants were randomised to either a Bowen group or a control ‘Sham Bowen’ group. Participants received three weekly treatments in both arms of the trial and completed six different measures of function, psychological and general health nature at baseline, a week and a month after treatment.

Results: We recruited 37 participants, 21 female, with a mean age of 44.5 years. . 19 were randomly allocated to the Bowen group and 18 to the control. The study highlights the challenges of recruitment and incorporating a true sham. The measures were found to be acceptable to participants and easy to administer. The data show some positive changes in these outcome measures but these must be interpreted with caution.

Conclusion: This study shows that with some modification, replication on a larger scale would be feasible. A larger appropriately powered RCT would allow the clinical and cost effectiveness to be formally evaluated

Frozen Shoulder Study

We wanted to investigate the effect of the Bowen Technique on patients with long term shoulder pain and stiffness. We used qualified Bowen therapists and set up a clinical trial to monitor the effect of treatment over a six-week period

Knee and Ankle Study

by Janie Godfrey

Every year for the past 6 or so years, the professional membership body for accredited Bowen Technique therapists (the Bowen Therapists’ European Register – BTER) has organised a study of the effect of Bowen on a number of different conditions.

Effects of The Bowen Technique on Flexibility Levels


BACKGROUND: Hamstring strains are the most common sport-related injury in the lower limb, with high recurrence rates and lengthy recovery periods. Causal links between lack of flexibility and development of muscle strain injury are frequently reported. The financial implication of treating such injuries provides a continual drive to deliver more effective, evidence-based treatment.

Asthma study

Aim: The National Research program was launched to determine the efficacy of The Bowen Technique in the treatment of the Asthma condition. The research was aiming to record any changes in their pattern Volunteer’s symptoms in terms of:

– frequency
– severity of attacks
– and reliance on medication
over a period of 12 months whilst receiving Bowen treatments.


National Migraine Study

London-based Bowen Technique practitioner Nikke Ariff recently completed The Bowen Technique National Migraine Research Program, which sought to determine the efficacy of The Bowen Technique in the treatment of the migraine condition. The Bowen therapists were all fully qualified and experienced in The Bowen Technique.


Bowen effect on autonomic nervous system

Breaking Records in Golf by Balancing the Autonomic Nervous System

Jo Anne Whitaker MD, FAAP

Everything needs balance, especially our healthcare system. Allopathic and alternative medicine requires communication and balance between the two disciplines in order to facilitate optimum results of both.