takes two forms, sudden and sharp as a result of an injury, or as an ache. The
latter ranging from continuous pain with varying degrees of severity to intermittent
pain whose onset, depth and persistence depends upon many factors.
is the bodies early warning system and is a way of avoiding more serious
injury unless the brain commands otherwise. (An example of pain over-ride is that
despite an injury the body will be put into fight or flight mode so as to avoid
a perceived fatal outcome).
relief comes about through the bodys self-healing mechanism aided or not
by medical treatment, the time factor depending upon the type and severity of
Bowen Therapy has
been found to alleviate injury pain. Bowen therapists have a saying
sooner the treatment the better., and one example of this is in a hamstring
injury where a player can be treated on the field to enable them to be up and
One of the Bowen body-balancing
moves is also used for the treatment of shock after an accident.
Therapy comes into its own where a long-standing problem needs to be addressed.
These are manifest as an ache or pain, accompanied with restricted neck, back
or limb movement.
pain and its cause.
muscles, which comprise two thirds of our body, are the engines that drive and
control us. They take in fuel (nutrients), burn it up and emit waste products.
They need to be in complete balance and harmony within the system. They achieve
this in two ways, one, by an automatic feed back system of which generally we
are unaware, and two, by a deliberate control system that we use to achieve a
desired end. An injury will damage one or several muscles, these will become tense
and rigid. (Medically, a muscle is spastic, hypertonus, or in hypertonic spasm,
one form of which is known as cramp).
result of a hypertonic muscle.
over worked muscle in becoming tense restricts the blood supply, the resultant
lack of oxygen causes a chemical reaction so that its fuel cannot
be metabolised, resulting in a build-up of lactic acid. The muscle spasm affects
the nerve feedback system to the brain, which misinterprets the weak signal as
a request for more tension within the muscle. Bingo! More tension, more lactic
acid and eventually cramp with locked-in lactic acid. (A more detailed description
can be obtained by consulting a neuro-surgeon.)
hypertonic muscle pulls the skeletal system towards it, affecting body balance
and placing stress on other muscles. The other effect is the restriction of the
nerves going into and through the muscle. The latter send confusing signals to
the brain about areas apparently unconnected with the original injury, (referred
Result? A distressed
person with unrelieved discomfort, restricted movement with all the ills that
lack of exercise induce, lowered immune system, stress due to having to go out
to earn a living, the ladies additionally having to handle the home, the children,
and her husband.
Wilson - An Alternative Therapists Handbook.
information shown is not intended as a substitute to medical advice from a GP
or any other medical practitioner.