Bowen Research


Thermography was used before and after bowen treatments to demonstrate changes resulting from the bowen session. Following treatment, "cold" areas had been resolved and symmetry had improved.

Gait Analysis
Gait analysis techniques used before treatment and after 3 sessions had been completed showed improved symmetry of hind limb protraction.


Pain Management
A study at the University of North Carolina compared practitioner and patient responses on the efficacy of the Bowen Technique in treating pain.  Practitioners rated its effectiveness as 85% for back pain, 83% for stress and tension.
Patients rated the Bowen Technique at 85% for back pain, 80% for stress and tension.

 In a study of twenty patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia conducted by Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D., at the American College of Rheumatology, almost all participants experienced various degrees of relief which lasted from a few days to several weeks.
Most reported immediate relief following a Bowen treatment.  For some, repeated Bowen therapy maintained complete clinical remission. The results were statistically significant and correlated with improvement of clinical well-being. Improvements included better sleep, ease in walking, cessation of vertigo, eased neck pain, improved balance and less exhaustion.

Migraine Research Study
London-based Bowen Technique practitioner Nikke Ariff completed the Bowen Technique Migraine Research Program which studied the efficacy of the Bowen Technique in treating migraine headaches.  The 39 migraine volunteers consisted of 37 women and 2 men.  Thirteen of them had been suffering from migraines for 1-15 years; seventeen of them had been having migraines for 16-30 years; and nine had had migraines for over 30 years.
In all, 31 participants experienced a positive result, representing 79.5% of participants.  At the end of the program, 36 of the 39 said they would recommend Bowen as a treatment to a friend or colleague.

Asthma Research Study
Nikke Ariff is a Bowen therapist who, between 2002 and 2004 carried out a research program to test the efficacy of the Bowen Technique with Asthma sufferers. The research was carried out over a twelve month period. The majority of participants had been suffering from Asthma over 5 years, most for over 15 years.   The results were very positive.  Eighty-three percent of the participants reported a reduction in the frequency of their asthma attacks and 75% of the participants reported using less medication than before the Bowen Research project.
Of the 24 Volunteers who completed the program, 22 reported that secondary health concerns had also improved, including back, neck and shoulder problems; knee and joint problems; headaches and migraines; hay fever; irritable bowel syndrome and digestion; circulation; insomnia; anxiety, stress, depression and energy level improvement.

Cerebral Palsy
Research by Howard Plummer in Wales produced encouraging results.  Outcomes include increased vocalization, calmer behavior, improved concentration and comprehension and improved head control and improved balance.

Effects of the Bowen Technique on the Autonomous Nervous System and Heart Rate Variability
By measuring changes in the value and pattern in heart rate variability before and after a Bowen treatment, this study by Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D., demonstrated that the Bowen Technique affects the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
By using Heart Rate Variability to study the autonomic nervous system, early findings demonstrated that Bowen treatments balanced the ANS.  The control group consisted of subjects with all types of rheumatological conditions.

Ashley Pritchard at Swinburn University Department of Psychophysiology, Melbourne, Australia, demonstrated that the Bowen Technique consistently reduced subjects' level of anxiety, tension, anger, depression, fatigue and confusion.

A research project on TMJ abnormality was conducted by Dr. John Bauman, DDS.  Immediately after the first Bowen treatment, one third of the patients felt dramatic relief from their symptoms.

Blood Chemistry
Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D has shown that blood chemistry changes following Bowen treatment corroborate patient reports of experiencing flu-like symptoms due to detoxification reactions lasting up to 5 days following a session.

Frozen Shoulder
Dr. Bernie Carter of Manchester University conducted a study of patients diagnosed with frozen shoulder who have been treated by the Bowen Technique.  Initial data reveal that 77% of the study group have experienced positive outcomes from their treatment.

Maternity Research
Midwife and Bowen Therapist Rick Minnery has begun a long-term study on the effectiveness of the Bowen Technique with maternity patients including using Bowen
to help reduce pain in labour
to help reduce low back pain during pregnancy
to treat post-natal perineal trauma and breast problems.


Bowen and Lymphatic Drainage 
Eilish Lund, is a lymphoedema nurse who practices in North Wales.  She decided to try Bowen out on as many patients as she could, starting  with those with primary Lymphoedema and lymphovenous oedema.  She found that most patients felt better, moved more freely and after an initial feeling of great tiredness, began to feel better.


Bowen and Parkinson's Disease
In the last few years Bowen Therapy has become more widely known as an effective Parkinson's disease treatment.  This is largely due to John Coleman's findings that Bowen Therapy combined with Aqua Hydration Formulas (a homeopathic remedy) accounted for his own complete recovery from stage IV Parkinson's in 1998.  Since then there have been at least two studies into the effectiveness of Bowen Therapy on Parkinson's.  including this Parkinson's research study conducted in 2009 by Joshua Rasco.  

Ongoing Bowen Research
effects on chronic pain
effects on Fibromyalgia
effects on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
effects on cardiac dysrythmias and brain wave activity
effects on various adrenocorticotropic hormones and neurotransmitters.