I often get asked if Bowen Therapy will help with headaches or migraines. I see so many therapists or physios/chiropractors making huge statements and promises about curing them There are some grand statements I am seeing about specialists in the field!. But is it possible?
My answer whenever I am asked if I can assist someone with this problem is it depends on the cause. Often it is a multilayered issue, and these layers to a situation are regularly overlooked by the mainstream providers of solutions for these symptoms.
It can be hormonally related, a result of inflammation, blood sugar regulation issues, vitamin or mineral deficiency related and the list goes on. If these underlying causes are not addressed, most people will experience little to no improvement, or as is often the case by the time a client presents to me, what I hear is they are experiencing a few days improvement and then the symptoms return with full avengence!.
My approach for any issue that presents in my clinic practice is to empower my client with the information they need to address their health issue and get long lasting results. If it is apparent that the issue is beyond my area of expertise, I have very trusted professionals that I am able to refer on to.
How can Bowen Therapy assist? One of the most common causes of pain starting and escalating for a client, is a magnesium deficiency that goes undetected and slowly worsens over time. As the deficiency escalates, the symptoms will become wide and varied, since magnesium plays an important role in hundreds of biochemical pathways in the body. For example, the relation to headaches and migraines: Magnesium is an electrolyte. As soon as your levels become depleted, your ability to hydrate effectively is severely compromised. This impacts on your body hugely, in particular, your connective tissue/fascia. This tissue surrounds every structure in the body including muscles. Often when someone begins to feel the effects of a magnesium deficiency, they will start getting tighter muscles, muscle cramps, restless legs, all of which tend to worsen at night. (There is also a reason for this, however, this is explained in an intiial consultation as it is too intricate to discuss in a blog!).
If you can imagine fascia, when hydrated, is fluid and ‘coats’ our muscles. Over time as hydration of this tissue becomes an issue (due to magnesium defiency among other things), it almost becomes vice-like around our structures, including our muscles. So the cycle goes a little like this: We see a professional of some kind (Dr, Chiropractor, physiotherapist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, etc), a Dr will often provide a script for pain relief and anti-inflammatories and refer you on to another professional for further treatment. They work on this muscle tension/pain. We feel some improvement initially after the treatment, however over approximately two days, we find ourselves in the same position we were in prior to having the treatment. Why? Because the contributing factor (magnesium deficiency and in turn dehydration), have been overlooked.
These two factors are CRITICAL in the improvement of these issues, and often the type of muscle tension experienced from this issue is the common cause of headaches and migraines. It sounds too simple to be attainable doesn’t it? That something so simple could be overlooked and yet provide the missing piece to the puzzle of recovery. I promise you, if this is the issue in your particular case, if this is addressed, your pain issues will also be addressed/improved, and in a reasonably quick period of time.
When I see a client for the first time, I explain how Bowen Therapy works and the contributing factors that will give you the best results for the issue I am seeing you for. I provide you with the correct information when it comes to purchasing a magnesium supplement. (The number of clients that I hear saying, ‘I’ve already tried magnesium, it doesn’t work’, is disturbing. There is a reason for this. You need to purchase the correct formula and know what to look for. Maybe your ability to absorb a formula could be the reason for not responding to the magnesium supplement, this is all looked at when I see a client for the first time. I also walk my clients through stretches that I have ‘tweeked’ over the years of seeing clients with these issues. I often hear ‘I’ve already been given stretches from my physio’. However, when I walk my clients through these stretches, they are surprised at how different and effective they are! All this information is provided and explained in an initial consultation.
I also support my clients through their recovery period. I contact my clients in the 24 hours after their initial consultation to see how they are progressing and they are able to touch base with me if they have any concerns. I pride myself on attentive and professional service.
So if you have had enough of the rollercoaster of taking pain relief, paying for ongoing treatment but only getting short term improvement, isn’t it time to give something different a try? I’ve heard this saying, ‘if you want change but you continue doing the same thing, how can you expect a different result?’
I will be honest with you, if after two Bowen Therapy sessions you are not progressing as I would expect, I will look at this and determine whether it is worthwhile continuing with further Bowen Therapy sessions.
If it sounds like a different approach may be needed, why not contact me and discuss your situation. I can more than likely give you an idea when speaking to you if I think that my services would be of assistance to your situation.
Looking forward to helping you on your path to recovery. Dayna
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