Steve (in his late 30’s) is a very serious diabetic who needs to measure his blood sugar hourly. He was brought to a Bowen therapist one evening quite late. His head was resting on his left shoulder and his shoulder had come up to meet the head.
He was in great pain, and had been for a couple of weeks. He also had a severe headache, which felt like a “cap” on his head. He couldn’t be touched on any part of the left shoulder and scapula as the pain was too great.
He had had an industrial accident at work some time before and had been under the specialist and physio department and had made good progress. Then suddenly, for no particular reason, his head started to collapse to the state it was in when he arrived for Bowen treatment. He had tried going back to the hospital but was now “off the list”.
It took the Bowen therapist 1.5 hours to do the treatment that normally would take no more than 30 minutes. In fact, the area was in such pain that some of the moves could only be made by the therapist merely ‘drawing’ them with his fingertip on the skin to create the gentle stimulation of a normal move. He also did some extra work on Steve’s head for the headache.
By the end of the treatment that night, the headache had reduced to 40% and the pain in the shoulder area had become concentrated on several specific points – i.e. a change which offered some encouragement to Steve, as he had arrived expecting nothing.
By his third treatment, Steve’s head was approximately 70% upright, and the shoulder down a bit. The headache had virtually gone and so had the nausea he had developed.
When he eventually saw the specialist again, he was 80% better. He was sent to Physio. There, she used a laser treatment on the specific areas of pain. This gave relief for 30 minutes and then the pain returned to 100% of his original, Day 1, pain.
The following week, she put him on a Tens machine to kill the pain but his reaction was so great that within 4 hours he was hospitalised. He was in hospital for a week and came out a mess. He saw the Bowen therapist 5 days later and by this time he was calmer. He responded very quickly and the vomiting he had been suffering from stopped and he recovered.
Steve continues to have Bowen treatment from time to time. However, he recently had a bout of severe sickness after having a scan at the hospital. Bowen, again, settled him quickly. It seems that Bowen is the only treatment that has a positive effect for Steve.