Bowen Therapy Eligibility

Health Funds

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Definition of Treatment

The Bowen Technique is a remedial, hands-on therapy based on the use of gentle pressure and release of the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body. This involves a sequence of light, cross-fibre movements of varying pressure at specific sites on the body using thumbs and fingers in a specific manner.. It is believed this technique promotes the body’s own healing response. There is no manipulation or adjustment of bones and no forceful movements used. The experience of a treatment is gentle, subtle and relaxing. It is believed that the Bowen Technique prompts the body to reset, repair and balance itself. Clients report the experience as relief of pain, improvement in function and recovery of energy.

The Bowen Technique can be performed through light clothing, although some therapists prefer to work on skin. The ultimate choice should be left to the client. Session vary according to the presenting problems of the client with the initial treatment being a whole body assessment. As a general rule, moves will be made over the lower and mid back and legs, the upper back and shoulders before finishing with the neck.       

The assessment must include the development of a specific treatment plan as to the best course of treatment for the patient’s condition/injury. This treatment plan forms the basis of the clinical notes. These notes must be consistent with the ATMS Code of Conduct, the Unregistered Health Practitioner Act and the additional requirements set by the health funds.