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Bowen Manipulative Therapy, Bowen Therapist, Bowen Therapy, BT, Méthode Bowen, Técnica Bowen, Technique Bowen, Technique de Bowen, Thérapeute en Bowen, Thérapie Manuelle.

BOWEN TECHNIQUE Overview Information

The Bowen technique is a type of touch therapy used for pain, fatigue, relaxation, frozen shoulder, and other conditions. It was developed by Tom Bowen (1916-1982), who claimed to be an osteopath.

How does it work?

The Bowen technique is a treatment that uses light pressure applied to specific locations throughout the body. Practitioners of the Bowen technique believe that applying pressure in these areas can stimulate the body's own healing ability. However, there is no reliable scientific support for this belief.

BOWEN TECHNIQUE Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Frozen shoulder. Some developing research suggests that the Bowen technique can reduce pain and improve symptoms in people with frozen shoulder.
  • Pain.
  • Fatigue.
  • Relaxation.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of the Bowen technique for these uses.

BOWEN TECHNIQUE Side Effects & Safety

There isn’t enough reliable information available to know if the Bowen technique is safe or if there are any safety concerns.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of the Bowen technique during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

BOWEN TECHNIQUE Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for BOWEN TECHNIQUE Interactions


The appropriate or safe use of Bowen technique depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.

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