Research from the West of Scotland Bowen Therapy Group

14 May

The West of Scotland Bowen Therapy Group have been carrying out research to help give credence and evidence- based information to support Bowen Therapy.

We are able to let you know the outcome  of our research project, including its introductory paragraphs, and to ask if you can suggest any newspaper, journal, magazine, TV, or radio which might help put it before a wider audience.

Bowen Therapy

It is a very gentle form of natural healing which involves light moves applied over very specific points in the body. This gentleness means it is ideal to use on people of all ages – from the new- born to the elderly.

It also means that there are numerous conditions that can be addressed with the Bowen technique eg. anxiety/stress related conditions, digestive and bowel problems, hormonal imbalance, respiratory problems- to name but a few.

Hypothesis

To help prove by a standardised assessment tool that 8 out of 10 patients’ health ( 80%)  benefited from Bowen Therapy

Methodology

The research study of 778 patients was completed on 7 March 20011,  the data being collected during the period February 2006 to September 2010 ;  and was derived from 5 occupational Health programmes in which individuals were allocated Bowen Therapy.

There were 5 broad illnesses categorised:

* Musculoskeletal

* Mental health and behavioural disorders

* injury

* Nervous system

* other

It was recommended that the Canadian Occupational Health Measurement (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca) be used as a research tool to help support the hypothesis.  Although this is a tool for occupational therapists,  it was felt it suited both our patients and the therapy.

Before their first Bowen treatment the patients are asked to identify 5 aspects of everyday life, and if they are at work , occupation, on which their presenting condition/s impact. They then grade these 0-10 in performance and satisfaction ( where 0 is poor and 10 is good) At the end of their treatments the COPM is revisited and any changes recorded.

Clinically significant improvements are represented by change of 2 points or greater on the COPM scale from entry to exit

The following analysis gives the results of 778 patients in the study.—-

(Research Analysis:  the group would consider giving the analysis to whatever outlet/s you might recommend)

Summary / Conclusions.

It is recognised that COPM is both a standardised and subjective research tool.

However,  if the health service purports to be listening to patients’ needs, then equally it makes sense to listen when they say what helps them.

Bowen Therapists believe that most patients can be helped by:

* a gentle, non-invasive treatment for a wide variety of conditions

* keeping people well

* Keeping them at work

* in sickness-absence helping them to return to work more quickly

* reducing medication

* reducing hospital admissions

Not only does it make sense, it makes sound economic sense.

There is sufficient evidence-based data in the COPM analysis to support the empirical and anecdotal evidence that 8 out of 10 (80%) of patients’ health improve with Bowen.

It is suggested that more in-depth research would further support these results.

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