Animal Bowen Therapy
Animal Bowen, also known as Touch Balancing, is a gentle hands on/hands off
therapy used for physical and mental rehabilitation of animals. It is a modification
of the Bowen Technique developed by Tom Bowen of Australia and adapted for
animals by Carol Bennett.
When tissue is damaged, chemical substances like histamines and lactic acid
are released into the muscle cells causing abnormal contraction, tension
and spasms. This damage can occur from exertion or injury. The quicker it
is released, the better. The result of not releasing the unnatural muscle
tension is restricted movement, which can cause a pulling or tightening of
the joint attached to the muscle. This holding of a limb, neck or back in
a compensating posture causes the weight to be distributed unevenly, creating
new stresses on the bones and joints. Touch Balancing/Bowen, through its
limited, non-traumatic approach basically reminds the nervous system what
the original "tissue memory" was — relaxed, elastic, toned and responsive.
What does this technique accomplish?
See more information on the following holistic treatments at Sunrise Pet Clinic:
- Releases tight or painful muscles resulting from injury or compensation.
- Promotes structural rebalancing.
- Helps relieve pain in acute injuries and in chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia.
- Reduces physical and emotional symptoms of tension and stress.
the autonomic nervous system from "fight or flight" (sympathetic dominance)
to "rest, digest and heal" (parasympathetic dominance) and thus supports
nervous or fearful animals, including thunderstorm-phobic dogs; horses, dogs
and cats from backgrounds of abuse or trauma; and highly stressed animals
in competition, allowing them to focus on their work.
not massage, myofascial release, chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupressure,
Reiki or neuromuscular "re-education," but assists in correction of skeletal
alignment and soft tissue and neuromuscular function.
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