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May 2013

Can I have a treatment if I am ill?

Sometimes people come to their appointments sick with a cold or the ‘flu’. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to pick it up on the phone but sometimes they get sick between phoning and arriving. 

As a general rule,you shouldn’t have lymphatic drainage when you are sick.  Lymphatic drainage, stimulates the lymphatic system. This system forms a large part of your immune system and you need to give the white blood cells time to work their magic and kill the various viruses, bacteria and other pathogens that may have made it into your body.

Brisbane Homeless Connect Day 29 MAY 2013

The Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia hosted two stalls today at the Brisbane Homeless Connect Day where Bowen Therapists came from all over to volunteer their services free to our community in need.

I took part for the first time this year and it was such a great atmosphere amongst the therapists and the people we were able to help.

I have never seen so many enormous cakes being walked around and handed out to the public, it was agony trying to be good but I managed.

A big thank you to Gavin from Body and Sole Health Clinic for organising the stalls and us therapists.

Piriformis muscle

piriformis muscle picI see a fair few problems relating to this one muscle, and the end result is often sciatica. That’s an inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve that can come from the spinal outlets but also from direct pressure from a tight piriformis.

The piriformis attaches at the anterior surface (the inside) of your sacrum and the greater trochanter (the lump on the outside of your hip) of the femur. It essentiallyexternally rotates the hip(turns your foot out) but alsoabducts your femur when your hip is bent.

Lower Back Pain caused by infection

An article in The Telegraph in England about groundbreaking research in Denmark. It appears the Danes don’t just give us Eurovision winners! Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have discovered that in up tohalf the cases of chronic lower back, there is a bacterial infection present.

In cases where an intervertebral disc has been herniated, thedamage to the disc can allow bacteria to penetratecausing inflammation and the pain associated with it. This is great news for those whose back pain has been unresponsive to treatment, as many of those in the clinical trial were cured or significantly relieved of their pain after a three month course of combination antibiotic therapy.

Repetitive Strained Injury (RSI)

What is RSI?

RSI is the name given to a group of injuries affecting the muscles, tendons and nerves primarily of the neck and upper limbs.

RSI powerlifterThere are two types of RSI:-

  • Specific Named Conditions - these include tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tennis elbow, De Quervain's Syndrome, etc.
  • Diffuse RSI - this is where there is no clear-cut diagnosis but a range of symptoms exist. Sometimes it is known as non-specific pain syndrome.


The overriding general symptom of a repetitive strain injury is pain

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome & Bowen

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a widely known entrapment neuropathy in which the body'speripheralnerves are compressedor traumatized

Carpel TunnelIt occurs when themedian nerve,which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. [The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (except the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.]

There is sometimes thickening from irritated tendons or other

Bursitis and Tendinitis

What Are Bursitis and Tendinitis?
Bursitis and tendinitis are both common conditions that cause swelling around muscles and bones. They occur most often in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle.
A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between a bone and other moving body parts such as muscles, tendons, or skin. Bursae are found throughout the body. 

Bursitis occurs when a bursa becomes swollen.

tendonitisA tendon is a flexible band of tissue that connects muscles to bones. Tendons can be small, like those found in the hand or ankle, or large, like the Achilles tendon in the heel.

How is Bowen different to massage?

Bowen Therapy usesno oil and is gentlein comparison with many therapies such as deep tissue massage. It can be used on chronic and fresh injuries where other therapies are not appropriate. 

For example, if there is increased inflammation and swelling after an injury around the joint, Bowen therapy can assist innormalising blood and lymph flowreduce inflammation and therebyimprove joint function

No manual therapy is indicated during this important and sensitive healing time, other than Bowen therapy due to it's self-healing and gentle treatment.


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The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.

Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely can occur in both legs)
  • Pain that is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling down the leg (vs. a dull ache)
  • Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot

Can you help our Homeless?

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It’s almost time again for Brisbane Homeless Connect -  a great day in which people who are without a permanent home, or who are at risk, are connected with services to assist them or just give them a lift. 

Can you help?

The day is held at the :
Brisbane RNA Showgrounds 
Building 10, Alexandria Street
Bowen Hills

I will be volunteering at the Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia stall.

The atmosphere is great – uplifting and smiley all around. There are haircuts, massages, medical checks and various services such as legal and tech help, along with clothing available and a good feed.
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