According to the Health and Safety Executive (https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/dayslost.htm) 38.8 million estimated working days were lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2019-2020. Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health, 17.9 million and 8.9 million respectively. On average, each person suffering took around 17.6 days off work. This varies as follows:
- 9.1 days for injuries
- 20.0 days for ill health cases
- 21.6 days for stress, depression or anxiety
- 18.4 days for musculoskeletal disorders
Having a healthy posture and dealing with little niggles, as well as more chronic conditions, in good time is therefore of vital importance. Bowen therapy may be one aspect to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle as many people choose Bowen for back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder as
well as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to name a few. It is worth mentioning here that everyone is unique so there are no guarantees, and if no relief is felt within a 3-5 sessions then I will refer them back to their GP. Fortunately, on many occasions clients do report varying degrees of pain relief and they often go on to choose Bowen as a means of stress management and health maintenance.
Back pain is a very common condition and pain ranges from a dull ache to sharp pains and these pains can be constant or come and go. Pain may increase if you are sitting or standing too long, with exercise or when carrying out certain movements. Back pain can be debilitating as well as very tiring, stressful and frustrating. Sometimes, if we are lucky, the back pain goes away on its own and all we might need are a few painkillers and some rest from activities that aggravate it. However, this is not always the case and Bowen, with its intense relaxation and nudges to the body, may be an important factor in managing your back's wellbeing.
Of course, if despite treatment the pain persists or worsens or any symptoms we are unsure about surface, it is important to get it checked with your GP in the first instance.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, starting at the base of the spine and running down both legs. Sciatica is when the sciatic nerve is compressed, which may be caused by a number of different problems such as muscle spasms in the buttocks, an injury or trauma to the area or a herniated disc. It tends to occur on one side and the pain is often worse in the limbs than in the lower back itself. Clients may experience sharp pains and/or dull continuous aching and often report burning sensations, pins and needles, numbness and muscle weakness as well. In many cases, they also find it very difficult to find any comfortable position throughout the day or night!
Once again, Bowen, with its unique non-invasive and gentle approach, can be a key element to manage discomfort associated with sciatica. As with all symptoms, it is important to consult your GP in the first instance if you have any concerns and/or symptoms are increasing in severity.