Bowen Therapy for Fluid Flow

Did you know that our bodies are more than 70% water? That being the case, fluid flow in our tissues is very important.  Moving the water in our tissues and doing it slowly leads to healthy hydrated fascia.

Stimulating the receptors and breaking adhesions has been thought to be the top priority in body work, but now researchers are finding that fluid dynamics are just as important, if not more. Moving the body’s fluid results in more lubricated tissues and, essentially, more mobility and ease.

Cells called fibroblasts are crucial players in this process.  A fibroblast is a type of cell responsible for making the Fibroblast-cellsextracellular matrix and collagen. Together, these form the structural framework of tissues in animals and play an important role in tissue repair. Fibroblasts are the main connective tissue cells present in the body.

Fibroblasts really like slow movement, as confirmed by clinical studies.  They respond positively, changing tissue structure. So, the slow speed of manipulation, which happens in a Bowen Therapy session, is extremely therapeutic. With Bowenwork, the intent is to push the water around, as the fibroblasts like it, so that the nutrients are distributed around the tissues, and the tensional forces are balanced.

Bowen Therapy’s slow and gentle manipulations cause the fluid in your cells to flow better and your fascia to be rehydrated, bringing quick, profound, and longer lasting resolution to pain and mobility issues than some other techniques that are deep and more invasive.

For a Bowen Therapy treatment with Brenda Briscoe, call 972-930-0260.

Electrical Currents and Energy

Today I am going to borrow, but give credit to Jenny Petridis (a Bowen practitioner in Austrailia), something that Bowen Therapy piccaught my attention regarding piezoelectricity.  This is a very important aspect of what happens with energy and the body’s response in a Bowen session.

~ Because of piezoelectricity, every movement of the body, every pressure, every tension anywhere, generates a variety of oscillating bioelectrical signals… (throughout the continuum of the connective tissue matrix). ~

(rephrased from the work of J Oschman)

collagen-piezo charges

Piezo (means ‘pressure’). The term piezoelectricity is where stress is passed through a material and deforms it. In biological materials such as our fascia this creates a slight electric impulse which is said to cause a response in the tissue, effectively changing the tissue intercellular and extracellular environment.

And of Bowen therapy? We may postulate that it has something to do with the unique shear + compression + tension of the Bowen ‘move’.

Studies have brought to our attention, that the piezoelectrical response in tissue is sensitive to whether collagen is aligned or not. In simple terms, the more ‘organized’ the fascia, the better the flow of bioelectrical information within the soft tissues. 

Plus, it is accepted that, according to fascia research, piezoelectricity seems to be an explanation for more long term change, not immediate. Thus, each Bowen therapy session builds on the previous one. So, if sessions are done in succession (within a couple of weeks or less), we can take advantage of the body’s energy momentum and how the body is responding to this piezoelectricity from each session and build on it.

Thanks, Jenny Petridis, for such wonderful information!

New Head Harness for Concussion & Migraines

Living Well Dallas has a brand LED (Light Emitting Diode) new device to add to our low level light therapy sessions. head harness on mannekin This has been designed to effect Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), migraines and other headaches, as well as many other conditions involving brain health (swelling, infection, etc).

I have been using the head harness with great success for these conditions.  Here are some of my recent clinical experiences:
A client with concussion from 4 months prior came in reporting that she still was experiencing dizziness and the feeling of her head being heavy (inflammation). We used the LED head hardness and did a Bowen Technique session. A few days later I spoke with her and both those issues were improved. She was very much looking forward to her next session and had hope for full recovery.
A client who had been experiencing daily headaches with varied intensity for many days without a break, came in with a migraine on this particular day. All we did was the head harness for 40 minutes. Two days later she was elated to report that she had not had a headache since.
A client with a continual vestibular migraine from a vestibular nerve infection was suffering daily with drop-foot and neuropathy in his feet as well as his hands occasionally. After just a couple of sessions with the head harness and other LED pads on his legs, feet and hands, he was noticing a difference in his well-being and in the neuropathy and drop-foot condition. He is in hopes of resolution of this condition.
If you experience any of these or similar brain conditions, come in for an LED session with meand get the relief and recovery you have been needing. To make your appointment, call our front office at 972-930-0260.

LED “Head Harness” Provides Breakthrough for Concussions!

There continues to be a rising concern about concussion, not only in the NFL but also among children’s and Concussionadolescents’ sports. High school athletes’ concussion rates have risen 200% in the past decade.  Here are some interesting and alarming sports concussion statistics:

  • 3,800,000 concussions reported in 2012, double what was reported in 2002
  • 33% of all sports concussions happen at practice
  • 39% — the amount by which cumulative concussions are shown to increase catastrophic head injury leading to permanent neurological disability
  • 47% of all reported sports concussions occur during high school football
  • 1 in 5 high school athletes will sustain a sports concussion during the season
  • 33% of high school athletes who have a sports concussion report two or more in the same year
  • 4 to 5 million concussions occur annually, with rising numbers among middle school athletes
  • 90% of most diagnosed concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness
  • An estimated 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury-related disability (CDC)

Football is not the only sport where this is happening. Following right behind football is boys’ ice hockey and lacrosse, then girls’ soccer and lacrosse.

Fortunately, new therapies have proved extremely effective for recovery from a concussion, otherwise known as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). One of these is LED Light Therapy.

LED Light Therapy increases blood flow in the brain, as shown on MRI scans.  It also appears to have an effect on damaged brain cells, specifically on their mitochondria (the cell’s power house for energy).  These are bean-shaped sub-units within the cell that put out energy in the form of a chemical known as ATP.  The red and near-infrared light photons penetrate through the skull and into brain cells and spur the mitochondria to produce more ATP.

The clinical treatment result is that patients experience significant reduction in their symptoms of TBI, such as headache, sleep disturbance, cognitive impairment, mood swings, irritability, impulsivity, anxiety, and balance problems.  Patients have been able to return to work and repair their relationships with loved ones.  They found improvement in neurological function based on functional brain scans.

You can find this LED Light Therapy at Living Well Health & Wellness.  Clients are able to get back to school or work quickly after their LED Light Therapy and once again living normal, fulfilling lives. There is actually a HEAD HARNESS designed to specifically address the symptoms caused by TBI. Embedded in the head harness are near-infrared and red LED lights, which penetrate the skull to bring quick relief of symptoms and recovery from the condition.

Even if your TBI occurred years ago, you can still benefit greatly.  Call our office at 972-930-0260 to find out more or to schedule a therapeutic session for you or your child.

BrainTap Helps Break the Yo-Yo Diet Cycle

By some estimates, more than 80 percent of people who lose weight, regain all of it back in about two years, with Brenda with Brain Tapmany packing on even more pounds. Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles, analyzed 31 long-term diet studies and found that about two-thirds of dieters regained more weight within four or five years than they initially lost.

While small fluctuations on the scale are normal, the unhealthy behavior that experts refer to as weight cycling, is not. Cycling is defined as a significant increase or decrease of body weight (generally 10 pounds or more) that occurs multiple times.  Researchers believe a yo-yo pattern is often the result of a diet that’s too restrictive, and a study reported in the journal Obesity backs that up. It found that, people who follow a very low-calorie diet, regained significantly more weight than those on a more forgiving plan.

Balance is the key, as well as getting enough calories to support your metabolism. . . (Read how BrainTap can help)

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Would You Like to Defeat Neuropathy

If you are suffering with neuropathy and frustrated because the treatments you’ve tried haven’t worked, you’re not alone. There are millions of people around the world like you that have failed to find help.

Do you continue to suffer from these neuropathy symptoms?

  • Burning in your hands and/or feet
  • Pins and needles or prickling pain
  • Pain in your hands and/or feet
  • Constantly dropping things
  • Inability to do things with your hands that was once easy
  • Inability to walk long distances without extreme pain
  • Problems with balance and coordination

Are you tired of being told that nothing can be done or that you will just have to live with it?

You are likely angry and frustrated.  Would you be glad to know that there is a better way and something that you can start doing TODAY to begin defeating neuropathy?

Come to my free class on Neuropathy at Living Well Dallas on Tuesday, January 24th, 6:3o-8:00pm.

Please RSVP for this FREE CLASS at 972-930-0260.  And bring a friend who needs to hear this.


General Causes of Back Pain #10

clothes-for-winter-travelWeather can be another source of back pain for some.  Many people are not aware of the effects that weather has on their bodies.  Cold weather, in particular, can aggravate a back problem since the muscles tend to constrict in cold weather.  Drafts and dampness can also be detrimental to a bad back.  Be sure to keep yourself warm and dry during cold weather.  Layering your clothes on these days can be helpful.

Information taken from The Bum Back Book by Michael Reed Gach.

General Causes of Back Pain #9

Restrictive clothing and high heels can contribute to many back problems.  Any clothing that restricts or inhibits high heel shoesyou from moving freely should be avoided.  For example, rigid leather belts can contribute to back problems.  If you wear one regularly and have a back problem, experiment with wearing a cloth or an elastic belt for a month and see what happens.  

And, ladies, I know that high heels make your legs look sexier and we all want that, but try to keep wearing them at a minimum.  Wear them for shorter periods of time and on special occasions like weddings, church, the opera, a special dinner date, etc.  And make sure that on a daily basis your shoes are low heeled, comfortable, and that they cushion your step.  If you must wear high heels for work, at least bring them in a bag and put them on once you get there; and wear comf0rtable shoes on the way to and from and when you get home.

This will minimize the strain on your back from walking on your toes all day.

Information taken from The Bum Back Book by Michael Reed Gach.

General Causes of Back Pain #8

A significant number of back problems arise from sudden forces applied to a flexed, bent-over spine.  This can occursneezing with apparently simple forces, such as coughing or sneezing while reaching for or lifting heavy objects.  

If the force is great enough, a disc could rupture and exert pressure on the nerves where they exit the spinal column.  A large ruptured disc is one cause of sciatica, a condition where pain radiates down the buttock and leg and can be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness on the affected side.

Many clients come to me after this kind of injury has happened.  It really didn’t take much, especially if they were dehydrated to start with.  Bowen Therapy can quickly help realign the spine and relax the muscles that got strained when you sneezed, coughed, or did some other abrupt type of movement while twisting the spine or lifting an object.

So, here’s what to do.  If you are reaching over to get an object or bending over to pick something up and you get the urge to cough or sneeze, abort that effort and wait until the cough or sneeze is over.  Then go back and pick up your object.  Hopefully, this will eliminate the possible muscle strain.

Call 972-930-0260 to book your appointment for a Bowen Therapy session which will give you quick, profound and long-lasting recovery from your pain.

Information taken from The Bum Back Book by Michael Reed Gach.

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