Bowen Therapy is a new remedial body technique that is being used by masseuses to treat a variety of body issues. Before we explain how Bowen Therapy helps you, we need to understand the soft connective tissue Bower Therapy seeks to repair—the Fascia. So what is your Fascia?
Fascia is the deep connective tissue in our bodies that encompasses our internal organs. It is primarily made of collagen and lies beneath the skin. Whether it is your bones, muscles, nerves—all of your insides are encased in sheets of the fascia. Despite it being such a large part of our body, there isn’t much information on fascia available, which is why it is so overlooked in times of injury. We’re just beginning to realize that fascia can, in fact, contract and feel; it has a direct impact on our movement.
Being hunched over a desk for long hours of suffering a sports injury impacts fascia in ways, we didn’t know of earlier. When parts of your body are aching, and nothing seems to help, it’s likely due to inflammation in the fascia. Bowen Therapy aims to heal the body by soothing the fascia.
How is Fascia damaged with Sports Injuries?
Luckily for us, all the damage that we’ve caused to our fascia is reversible. One of the most common ways of damaging fascia is in sports injuries.
Plantar Fasciitis; A common sports injury is Plantar Fasciitis. This results from constant overstretching of the plantar fascia—the connective tissue in our heels. When it’s overused, the fascia becomes inflamed and can get very painful. This type of injury is most common during running, dancing or jumping—anything that involves continuous pressure on your heels and the soles of your feet.
Sport-Related Back Injuries
In sports, almost 20% of all injuries happen in the lower back and neck.
- Lower Back Injuries: Sports that require repetitive motions in the lower back such as running, golf and even weight-lifting. These movements strain the fascia and cause intense pain that will need to be taken care of.
- Neck Injuries: Injuries in the neck are most common in sports where there is direct contact with the body, such as soccer or rugby.
The best way to prevent injuries to the fascia is to do a thorough warm-up that exercises all the muscles that will be used in the sports activity. A good workout should prepare the back and neck for the stress that will come with the activity.
How Bowen Therapy Helps
Bowen Therapy is a hands-on therapy that gently works the fascia using “rolling movements”, to relieve stress and pain that results from damaged connective tissue. It’s proven to be very effective on damaged fascia caused by sports injuries. The repetitive rolling movements help your body return to its original pain-free state. Suffering from body pain which doesn’t seem to go away? It’s time you give Bowen Therapy a shot!