The Bowen Technique National Migraine Study

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Do you suffer from migraines, cluster headaches or daily headache syndrome? Fed up of relying on medication and looking for an alternative option. Have you considered the Bowen technique?

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.

Selection of candidates: The Volunteer Group No parameters were set before the research program to attract a certain ‘profile’ of migraine sufferer. This was deliberate to ensure that the Volunteer Group was random but united by the fact that they were willing to try something new in the treatment of their migraine condition.

From the number of applicants for the program, the final migraine volunteers incorporated the following factors: ·

  1. diagnosed as a migraine sufferer by a GP or hospital specialist ·
  2. women were well represented at different stages of their menstrual life, i.e., regular periods; pre-menopausal; menopausal with/without hormone therapy; post-menopausal; hysterectomy. ·
  3. as far as was ascertainable, the migraine condition was their main health complaint ·
  4. that the migraine volunteer did not have known food intolerances that were being ingested on a daily basis ·
  5. that the migraine volunteer could be successfully paired to a conveniently located Bowen Therapist.

There were a total of 105 migraine volunteers at the outset. Of this group, 42 took part in the study. The rest of the volunteers were not able to participate due to the presence of an additional complicated medical condition or because there was no Bowen therapist available in their area.

Of the 42 who began it, 39 completed the research program. The three not completing the programme did not meet the completion requirements due to a) an alteration of medication by their GP during the course of the program, b) failure to return a completed Final Questionnaire and c) withdrawal from the program due to a healing crisis.

The 39 migraine volunteers consisted of 37 women and 2 men. 13 of them had been suffering from migraines for one to fifteen years; 17 of them had been having migraines for sixteen to thirty years and 9 had had migraines for over thirty years. The causes, according to The City of London Migraine Clinic, can range from hormonal imbalances, exercise, food sensitivities, allergies, missing a meal, a change in sleeping pattern and many other triggers, in isolation or in combination. The migraine pattern for each individual is unique, as are their warning signs, levels of stress, emotional make-up and combination of trigger factors.

The volunteers recorded any changes in their migraine patterns, according to frequency and severity, over a six-week period. This comprised a two-week treatment period during which the volunteer received three Bowen treatments in the first two weeks of the program (i.e. Day 1, Day 7 & Day 14), followed by a four-week observational period. The migraine volunteer kept a Migraine Diary throughout the 6-week period, recording any migraine attack experienced during the Research Period.

The Results:

Of the 39 participants:

  • 7 registered no change in their migraine condition
  • 11 experienced a decrease in frequency of attacks
  • 9 experienced a decrease in severity of their migraine
  • 11 experienced a decrease in severity and frequency of attacks
  • 1 participant experienced an increase in frequency

In all, 31 participants experienced a positive result, representing 79.5% of participants – a very impressive response rate showing significant improvement. At the end of the program, 36 of the 39 volunteers said they would recommend Bowen as a treatment to a friend or colleague.

Ann Turner, Director of the Migraine Action Association writes, “The results from the Bowen Technique National Migraine Research Programme are very encouraging. It confirms that this gentle, non-invasive, holistic therapy can help a wide range of migraine sufferers. The results confirm the findings of the pilot study and the fact that several different therapists were involved illustrates that it is the Bowen Technique which is effective not just one skilled or gifted practitioner.”

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So if you are suffering with this debilitating condition, why not give Bowen therapy a go?

Recently two clients did and this is what they had to say!

I’m not really sure how you can describe into words from having migraines for over 25 years upto a few times a week to nothing, also from constant neck discomfort and lack of movement to turning my neck nearly as good as an owl ! I am also now sleeping amazingly well. This was after just two treatments and my third today. God Jules you have worked a miracle ! I have my life back. Thank you xxx” N Sansom

I started getting migraines around two years ago and their frequency was increasing dramatically, this, coupled with a constant ache in the back of my neck was really getting me down and I was regularly taking painkillers. I was recommended to Jules by another client of hers, and within four session both the migraines and neck pains had stopped! The tightness in my neck and shoulders had gone, I am sleeping better and best of all I am not taking daily painkillers. I would recommend Norfolk Bowen Therapy without hesitation. Jules is both professional and knowledgable; I found her session informative as well as providing much needed pain relief. Thank you so much! xxx” S Batch

So to find out more about Bowen therapy, call me today on 07709 452412 or email me, I look forward to hearing from you!

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