The Bowen Technique – Patient Instructions

The Bowen Technique is a specific series of muscle and connective tissue movements used to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries, as well as other conditions such as asthma and hay fever. These gentle yet powerful moves send a neurologic impulse to the muscles and brain, which help to realign and restore balance to the muscles, joints and nerves. Many of the moves are located along acupuncture meridians or on specific acupuncture points, which are known to stimulate and balance the body’s energy. You may notice changes taking place in your body over the next one to four days.

The following instructions, if followed, will increase the effectiveness of the Bowen treatment.

On the day of treatment

  • Do not sit for more than 30 minutes at a time without getting up for a short walk. If driving, stop every 30 minutes and walk around the car.
  • Avoid hot baths, heating pads, or ice packs. A brief shower is acceptable.
  • Gentle exercise such as walking is encouraged. Strenuous exercise should be avoided.

During the following week

  • Homeopathic and herbal medicines are OK.
  • No massage or treatments involving manipulation, physiotherapy, hot or cold packs or acupuncture.
  • When getting out of bed, chair or car seat, take your weight evenly on both feet, versus one foot at a time, even when you stand. This helps to maintain the balancing effect the treatment has on the body.
  • Drink plenty of water and go for a walk at least once a day.
  • Call me if you have any questions about the process your body is undergoing.

Recommended follow-up treatment

  • Return in 7 days.
  • Return in ____________________________

Reutsch, Oswald and Elaine. Bowtech, a Training and Instruction Manual (Australia, Bowtech Pty Ltd, 1997).