Bowen has proved to be very effective for both adults and children suffering from asthma and other respiratory ailments. Whatever the level of asthma, or similar respiratory problems, Bowen often seems to reduce the level of attack very quickly, and effectively.
Tom Bowen’s wife suffered from asthma and was hospitalised many times before he developed a respiratory procedure, using his technique of gentle “moves” in specific places on the body, to help her. She was never hospitalised again.
As Bowen is both very gentle and non-invasive, there is no danger in using it with asthma and other respiratory conditions. The many cases treated have shown often to produce results very quickly which last. Treatment usually does not need to be continuous, and often just a very few sessions will change the situation for the sufferer.
As with any allergy, the avoidance of contact with the allergen is an essential part of the treatment. However, what Bowen does achieve very often is the release of tightness in the chest which aids both asthmatics and other respiratory sufferers.
While Bowen was developed as a muscular-skeletal therapy, it also affects the body’s systems, such as the immune system. There have been a number of cases where chronic infection lasting several years has stopped immediately once Bowen treatment has started. So, children who are constantly ill, sometimes because steroids have affected their immune system, can often stop being contantly ill as soon as the Bowen treatment has begun.
How does it work with Asthma?
Key to an asthma attack is the diaphragm. This contracts normally when breathing in and then relaxes to allow expiration. With an asthma-like condition, the diaphragm may be constantly partly in contraction, hence the familiar wheeze of an asthmatic. If a trigger, such as a cold or illness, or an allergy is detected, the diaphragm seems to contract more and more thus allowing the asthmatic to breath in, but increasingly not to breath out. The Bowen respiratory procedure persuades the muscles, especially the diaphragm, to relax more and more. Hence the reduction in attacks and their severity, especially amongst young children.
What about medication?
Parents are always anxious to get their child off steroids as soon as possible. As most children seem to respond quickly to the Bowen treatment, medication has often been reduced quite quickly after treatment has started. Nevertheless, it is important to realise that the medication has been prescribed to safeguard the child from major attack and a possible life-threatening situation. We therefore always recommend that the reduction in medication should be under the guidance of the medical practitioner. Reduction is usally possible quite quickly after Bowen has done its work successfully.
Can Bowen help in a full asthma attack?
Yes! The Bowen Asthma Emergency Procedure is taught on the Bowen courses. It is safe and quick to administer. In a full attack, the person cannot breath out at all. The emergency procedure can release the spasm of the diaphragm and the air is released from the lungs. This also works with other similar situations, such as Panic Attacks and Anaphylactic Shock.