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Canine Bowen Technique (CBT) - Bowen Therapy for dogs
Please note, that Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute for veterinary care, and should be used in conjunction with conventional veterinary treatment, and is therefore only available on referral by your vet. Please contact me for the appropriate referral form.
What actually is the Canine Bowen Technique?The Bowen Technique is a gentle, non-invasive, light-touch, remedial therapy developed in the 1950s in Australia by Tom Bowen as a complementary human therapy and brought to this country in 1992. It was adapted for use on dogs in this country in 2001 by Bowen therapists Sally and Ron Askew, who integrated it into their own dog behavioural and rehabilitation work. In 2003 they founded the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT) to bring this exciting modality to both the UK and mainland Europe. In 2017, the EGCBT was restructured and the new Canine Bowen Technique Association (CBTA) was created.
It is a holistic therapy that promotes healing, pain relief, and general body rebalancing. It aims to support and boost the natural healing capabilities of the body.
During the subtle and relaxing treatment, the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform rolling-type moves over muscles, tendons and soft tissue to send a stimulus to the brain.
How might Canine Bowen Technique help my dog?As with all holistic therapies, the Bowen Technique is treating the whole body and mind and not any specific condition.
It can be used therapeutically as well as preventatively, to the benefit of working dogs or dogs used in competitions.
As with all therapies, some dogs will respond better to it than others.
Common conditions that tend to respond well to Canine Bowen Technique:
Are there any contraindications?No. The Canine Bowen Technique is a very gentle therapy, both on the dog and on the therapist. There are no contraindications and it can be used even in very acute situations, in all dog breeds, in all ages and conditions.
What will happen during the treatment?An appointment will take approximately 60 minutes with the majority of time spend on finding out about any existing medical conditions, aches and pains, to get to know and assess the dog and to allow the dog to become familiar and relaxed with the therapist. The actual hands-on part of the appointment is usually no longer than 20 minutes and can be as short as a few seconds. In very nervous dogs, the first session might entirely be spent on building up trust with no hands-on treatment at all.
The treatment consists of a series of precise, rolling-type moves over muscles and tendons made by thumbs and fingers. The moves will not cause any pain, although some moves can be a bit more tender than others.
Therapy is never forced on the dogs. Canine Bowen Technique Therapists are trained to recognise and respect when the dog indicates it has received what it needs - and if it wishes to walk away, then it is allowed to do so. This means that a whole treatment can consist of one or two moves only. During the treatment, it's the dog's choice to either be standing, sitting or lying.
What do I need to bring for the Canine Bowen Technique treatment?
Please note, that Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute for veterinary care, and should be used in conjunction with conventional veterinary treatment, and is therefore only available on referral by your vet. Please contact me for the appropriate referral form.Please bring the completed vet referral form, including a copy of your dog's medical history if possible, and a list of any medication or supplements your dog is currently taking.
Can Canine Bowen Technique be mixed with other therapies and/or conventional medicine?Please do not book an appointment for your dog for ANY other physical therapy such as reflexology, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture etc, within seven days before your first or within seven days after your last Bowen treatment. This is to ensure that the body is not overloaded with information or given differing therapeutic information to deal with at the same time.
However, the Canine Bowen Technique does combine very well with non-manual therapies such as conventional medicine, homoeopathy, herbal medicine, aromatherapy etc.
Aftercare adviceTo allow the treatment to develop its full effect, there are a few things to consider after a treatment session:
For more information or to book an appointment, please phone 01595 890234 or 07900 201571
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