Tracey came to me with a very visibly swollen left knee which she couldn´t straighten after injuring it during exercise. The arch of her left foot was collapsed with the bones out of alignment and her legs were frequently so stiff in the mornings that she had to walk down the stairs sideways.
During the first session the swelling visibly decreased by over 50% and by the next week it was no longer visible through her clothes, with just a bit of swelling on the inside of the knee. She could straighten her knee most of the way, with only a little pull on the back of the knee. Her left arch still looked very different to the right one, but the bones were starting to track better.
By the third session the swelling had almost entirely gone and she could straighten her knee without pain. There was still no improvement in her hamstring tightness, but her arch was starting to change visibly. After the fourth session it was impossible to tell by sight which knee had been bad, and both arches looked the same, with the bones of the left foot tracking differently from a month previously. Her hamstrings were starting very slowly to be less stiff. In a follow up session she told me that she had been suffering terribly from early menopausal hot flushes, but after treatment the hot flushes stopped entirely for almost a week. We have now done the “hot flush” treatment quite a number of times, in each case with the symptoms disappearing for just under a week.
What I find interesting with this case is that Tracey came originally for a muscular-skeletal sports injury, but ended up benefiting for something completely different.
"Reaching the menopause for any woman, is scary, frustrating, humiliating, anxious. It’s the big taboo that we don’t think about until whaloop, one day you look in the mirror and you have bat wings and a spare tyre around your middle…you break into a sweat just looking at a cup of tea! Start to cry whilst watching Eastenders and your brain turns into cotton wool. For various reasons I didn’t want to go down the HRT route that most woman opt for, or indeed bio identical hormones. I began to self medicate with supplements, but then realized I had turned into a mobile chemist and some of what I was talking was actually preventing me from sleeping, adding further to my anxiety and tiredness. I had already seen James for Bowen with a knee injury I´d had. On a follow up session, he suggested that he could use some of his magic moves to possibly help with hormones and some of the symptoms, but with no promises. I can’t say I noticed a huge change after the first couple of sessions although, as always I slept much better.
I think it was after the 3rd session that I noticed that my boobs did indeed look slightly less huge. I hadn’t thought about it, but also, I hadn’t noticed as many hot flushes and my husband had definitely noticed, I was less cranky. We tried again, this time I slept better, could actually focus my cotton wool brain for more than five minutes and although my hot flushes hadn’t completely gone, they were hardly there at all. At their worst I got about one an hour. With Bowen it´s about one a day and this lasts for five or six days! I feel much calmer overall and just able to get on with it! I wouldn’t claim that this is the miracle cure for the menopause, but I certainly say it has helped me enormously, with no chemicals in a simple straight forward way. It may only aid sleep, make you less anxious, give you back your brain….for me, all of this is priceless! I would recommend giving Bowen a try, it is definitely worth it!"