Case Reports


Inreach Articles are useful to develop practitioner growth:

A Letter from Queensland, Bowen Hands, March, 1994. Sandra Leahy (now Gustafson) wrote about her use of the Respiratory procedure “in a controlled emergency environment where I used to work as an intensive care nurse on night duty.” Her minimalist interventions with two patients exemplify how easily nurses can accomplish “Bowen miracles” by doing very little. In the article, Sandra also shared her thoughts about the relationship between Bowen and homeopathy. Sandra had to modify the moves because of the patients’ positions in bed. About the 17-year-old with asthma, Sandra wrote, “She was sitting upright in her bed, attached to monitors, IVs and had an oxygen mask on her face, so I had to modify the way I performed the procedure. …When Rachel was discharged from the hospital, she and her parents came to see me in my clinic for a follow up Bowenwork session, and she made a good recovery.”

Sandra also recalls that the baby with whooping cough “was under heavy sedation and attached to many monitoring devices and tubes, including IVs and the ventilator. First I demonstrated on his worried Mum (who was sitting next to his crib and holding his hand) what I intended to do with the baby. She could feel how gentle and relaxing the work would be.” Since he was lying supine, Sandra “had to slide my fingers in to reach his back and do the ‘Baby Bowen’ stoppers, then worked lightly on his abdomen. . . . Doing [that] to help his diaphragm and lungs relax apparently had a very positive effect on his recovery.”

More Than Surprised, Bowen Hands, December 1998. Marg Spicer used the Respiratory procedure in almost half of the sessions in a complex case addressing long-term chronic upper-body pain. Three of the 11 sessions included Respiratory (then called Asthma/Colic; see note at * below); in two other sessions, the supine Respiratory moves were included as part of Thoracic (then called Chest Pain*). By the time the 32-year-old client began receiving Bowen, he had received massive medication and multiple cortisone injections regularly for over four years; nevertheless he described his pain initially as constant and severe.

Marg wrote, “Interestingly enough, I have recently reconnected with him after all these years; he remains healthy and pain free… When I look at the article with over 20 years Bowen under my belt now, I still marvel at how Bowen can have such profound results. I remember at the time when I first took his case history, I was thinking to myself ‘not sure we can do much here’ but thought that balancing the nervous system and aiding muscles could only help, considering the years of severe pain and the long-term effect on the body.”

After reading an earlier draft of this introduction and rereading both old articles, Marg added that she has found the Respiratory procedure to be essential in the majority of trauma cases she has seen in the ensuing years: “In such cases the tendency is to see a contracted diaphragm and altered breathing patterns, which, unless addressed, can effect the person well into the future. Indeed, if the trauma is at birth and the diaphragm contracts, that leads to colic, breathing problems, etc., down the track, all [of which are] addressed by the Baby Bowen moves. . . Relooking at David’s case with hindsight, I suspect that the Respiratory procedure was very instrumental in addressing the trauma associated with his case, helping release the diaphragm, improve breathing, thus aiding the resolution.”


Outreach articles appeal to propective clients.

Frozen Shoulder, blog post by Lisa Cox


Angela’s Story, Mary Gutsell — 1 case, rheumatoid arthritis

Baby Bowen, various authors reporting on applications

Babies and Colic, published in June 2013 issue of Bowen Hands; Authors, Marcela Campian-Romania and Georgi Ilchev, Physiotherapist-Bulgaria

Bowen as Sports Medicine — Safely Resolving Post-Concussion Syndrome, Craig Mattimoe — 33 cases

Bowen Seizure Protocol, Liz Corbett — 7 cases

Bowenwork — Alternative Therapy for Concussion“, Stephan Stamp — 1 case

Case report on torticollis and cervical spine disc herniation, Dr Narcisa Marcu

Coccyx/Neck Procedure Saves the Day“, Joanne Hillary, ND

Degenerative Muscle Disease, Rosemaryre Kirkwood, Bowen Hands, March 1997

Frozen Shoulder, Glenn Stammers, Bowen Hands, July, 1997

How Did He Do it? Thoracic Procedure, Anne Schubert — case report on scoliosis

In Home Health, Mary Falk — 1 case, knee replacement

Legacy Program: Autism, Dan Amato — general case information

Let’s Talk About Stress, Sandra Gustafson — 1 case

Maternal and Newborn Care, Sandra Gustafson — general case information

My Experience with Parkinson’s, Teresa Peterson, March, 2011 Bowen Hands

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dan Amato — general case information

Runners Find Relief with Bowenwork and Not So Obvious Tips to Keep You in Full Stride, Nicole Tatro, October 2015

Scoliosis Case Study, Anne Schubert, June 2015 Bowen Hands

The Use of Bowen for the Treatment of Muscular Trauma, Channon Sanderson — Case report on recovery from a gunshot wound

Treating Schizophrenia, John Minchin-King — case report on schizophrenia

The Bowen Techniques–Lymphatic Drainage, by Blog/Case Study, Janie Godfrey

Treating Sciatica, Victoria Bowmann, Bowen Hands, December, 1997

Treating Sciatica with the Bowen Technique, John Stephens, Bowen Hands, Part A-December 2005, Part B-March 2006

What is Lymphatic Drainage and can Bowen Therapy Stimulate This?, Linda Woodward, Bowen Practitioner in Australia.

Working with the Soldiers!, Ginny Hahn — 22 cases on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and pain