AMy little baby who had colic turned 21 this year, and even though it's so long ago I clearly remember how distressed he was from 8 weeks to 18 months old, and how distressed I was too. How I wish I had known about Bowen Therapy back then!
There are few things more distressing than watching the tiny little apple of your eye scream and writhe around for hours suffering the excruciating pain of colic, and you're totally helpless to make it better for them. More than that, you dread the next time they take on more nourishing milk, whether by bottle or breast, because you know the cycle of pain is going to start all over again for them. This can go on for weeks, months, or in our case year, and can have implications later in life with teeth and digestive issues.
Recently I tuned in to a webinar about some research that one of my colleagues from Bulgaria has done on the effect that Bowen has on babies with colic. The study involved 6 therapists and 170 babies aged from 2 weeks to 8 months old. After three Bowen sessions or less, 65% of the babies experienced complete resolution of symptoms, 24% had no symptoms but did have mild incidental signs of anxiety, 7% with temporary relief where symptoms resolved or were significantly improved for a few days before reappearing again, and only 6% having poor or no improvement in symptoms. The conclusion of the report written on the research project was that they highly recommend Bowen Therapy as a primary treatment for Baby colic. Lots of interesting statistics were offered, and some of the findings included that Bowen was effective whether the baby was on medication or not, and that the majority of those babies whose symptoms had not improved significantly were being bottle fed and had been born by Caesarian.
I have had the honour of treating about 10 little ones with colic, and it is really breathtaking how quickly they can get relief from the pain with Bowen if it works for them, and they fall into a deep, relaxed, contented sleep. The Bowen treatment of a baby only takes about 10 minutes, and is very very gentle. Generally the mother is overwhelmed with the result and either needs to sit and talk while cuddling her baby for a long time, or wants a treatment herself to help her unwind and recover.
So if you know of a baby with colic, please suggest Bowen Therapy to the mother, and hopefully together we will reduce the unnecessary pain and distress with colic and have many more happy little cherubs. If you would like to find out more about Bowen Therapy please visit my website, www.bowentherapydubbo.com.au, or give me a call on 0427143743 to make an appointment or discuss how Bowen may assist you.
Cheers for now,
Hi, I'm Prue Duffy, a Bowen Therapist and Equine Muscle Release Therapist in regional NSW, Australia. I've been doing Bowen since 2007, and opened a practice in Dubbo in 2012. The results some of my clients get through Bowen is truly amazing.