I feel the need to explain what is going on with most people that are hurt or in pain. And I must say this carefully to not step on any toes or go outside my scope of practice. Many different sections of the medical industry approach things VERY differently depending on their specialty. For example, chiropractors adjust the spine itself manually. Surgeons do just that- surgery. Bowen Therapists address the soft tissues of the body- tendons, muscles, ligaments, fascia- that are ALWAYS involved when there is pain, dysfunction, and deterioration in the body.
Here is how we see things in my field:
Bones are held in place by the soft tissues of the body. If it weren’t for the fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments our bones would literally be a pile on the floor.
So. If these soft tissues are not held in proper, balanced tension, the bones are pulled this way and that, the joints are compressed, the bursa (the fluid-filled sacs in the joints) also get compressed often causing leakage or rupture and nerve compression/pain. If left untreated the joint begins to deteriorate (and this is just an example), more pain and dysfunction ensues and often people run to the nearest surgeon.
My point? It is a very frequent thing that a client comes to me saying “I’m going for a knee replacement” to which I reply “give me three weeks.” So very often it is simply (or not so simply) a matter of balancing the tension in the surrounding soft tissues- pain goes away, proper function returns, things repair.
My last point- it is much easier and faster to restore balance and subsequently proper function BEFORE it’s been years! And BEFORE a joint replacement! If you are in pain, if you cannot function as well as you would like, do yourself a favor and call your nearest Bowen Therapist. It may be a different approach to things but it works!