Have you ever experienced back or hip pain? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Global Burden of Disease 2010, lower back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. In 2012, 54.5% of U.S. adults had a musculoskeletal pain disorder, and more than half of those spend the majority of their workday sitting.
Since back and hip pain is common, that means it must be normal, right? Wrong! Back and hip pain is not normal, and it should always be addressed. There are many approaches to helping back and hip pain, including NSAID pain relievers, prescription medications, surgery, and perhaps, the safest and most recommended approach – manipulation therapy.
Bowenwork® is a system of touch that initiates a series of responses through stimulation of the nervous, musculoskeletal, fascial and energetic systems of the human body. Practitioners perform sequences of small stimulations, called “moves”, on specific points on the body, interspersed with rest periods.
The Bowenwork® moves stimulate mechanoreceptors (nerve endings) that overlie both muscles and acupoints. The body’s response to this stimulation, which begins during the rest periods, includes a balancing of the autonomic nervous system and changes in the musculoskeletal system in the direction of increased symmetry. These effects, in turn, remove blockages to the free flow of energy in the body.
From the point of view of complementary health care, when the body’s nervous and energetic systems are in balance, its physical, emotional and mental functions are able to return to a healthy state.