|Case Study Selected: Ankylosing Spondylitis Of The Lumbar Spine (Arthritis)|
|man, aged 76: ongoing treatments as needed|
|Diagnosis by GP - ankylosing spondylitis of the lumbar spine, and confirmed by an MR scan. Mr G was in constant pain but refusing painkillers. He was unable to walk, without a walking stick, to his bank, which is only 5 minutes from his house, and he frequently has to sit down. His GP said the only cure for the pain was an operation that could put him in a wheelchair. Neither Mr G nor his GP were keen on this idea. Mr G decided to try Bowen Technique. He had previously tried osteopathy, physiotherapy and acupuncture with little or no result.|
He is a tall slim man who was in obvious pain. There were no obvious signs of muscle wastage.
When he came for his second treatment, he was very much improved, walking without a stick and had no need to sit down on short walks. The pain was less, muscle tension almost normal, and range of movement improved.
When he came for his third treatment, his movement was excellent, no pain, and very little pins and needles in feet.
Since then, he has continued with a maintenance treatment once or twice monthly. He can walk around the town with no problems and no stick. He has remained pain free for a year, apart from a slight hiccup when he walked his son's very boisterous dog, but this settled after treatment. He also had right knee problems 18 months after his first Bowen treatment but this settled after two treatments one week apart. He really is thrilled with Bowen and talks about it to anyone who will listen!
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