Bowen therapy: Effective for back pain?

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Bowen therapy: Effective for back pain?

Question

What's your opinion on Bowen therapy for back pain?

Aaron
Nevada

Answer

Bowen therapy is a type of soft tissue massage accentuated by short waiting periods throughout the treatment session. Although some people find massage therapy helpful for low back pain, Bowen therapy isn't recognized as an evidence-based treatment for low back pain. To date, no controlled research studies have compared Bowen therapy with standard interventions for low back pain.

If you have back pain that doesn't begin to improve within 72 hours, consult your doctor. Treatment options may include over-the-counter or prescription medication, heat therapy, light physical activity or physical therapy. In some cases, corticosteroid injections are helpful. Some people also find back pain relief through chiropractic care or acupuncture.

Last Updated: 2008-10-21
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