Web version of “First for women on the go” magazine article
|The “plucking” technique that eases any ache|
|The touch therapy innovation proven to relieve chronic pain in 85 percent of patientsScanning the smiling faces all around her, ViciLee Jacobs mused, I must be the most miserable person ever to step foot in Disneyland. With chronic back pain causing her to sit out most rides and complain on those she did attempt, ViciLee started feeling like she could give the nasty Cruella De Vil a run for her money.
What started as discomfort grew into severe pain as ViciLee got older. Countless physical therapy and chiropractic visits, as well as a slew of anti-inflammatory drugs, hadn’t helped. In fact, over the years the pain radiated into her hip and legs, as well. “I was barely functioning,” she remembers.
Fortunately, she ran into an old friend who had become a trained practitioner of the Bowen Technique. ViciLee’s pal was confident that the holistic therapy, which relieves pain by applying light pressure to muscle and connective tissue, would help. Skeptical yet desperate, ViciLee decided to try it. “As I lay on the treatment table, there was no poking or prodding—in fact, she barely even put her hands on me. It didn’t fill me with very much hope.”
The touch technique that gets to the source of pain
|remedying back and neck pain at over 85 percent. “Rather than employing invasive manipulation, Bowen therapy uses the thumb and forefinger to ‘pluck’ muscles in a specific sequence,” explains Victoria Bowmannn, Ph.D., a Phoenix-based Bowen practitioner. This gentle pressure sends signals through the proprioreceptors (the nerve endings within the muscles) to the brain, telling the body to reset itself to a pain-free state.Typically, only two sessions are needed. Each appointment lasts about 30 minutes and costs $45 to $75 per session. (It is usually not covered by insurance.)
“I had forgotten I could feel so carefree and energized!”
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