That first case
Written by Alastair Rattray. Published on 15 June 2002.
It was the case of a two year old which made me realise that there was much valuable potential in Tom Bowen's work. Her mother, suffering from a long-term back problem, spoke of her concerns regarding her daughter. The child had been suffering from frequent asthmatic attacks, sometimes fortnightly, to such an extent that the doctor had prescribed an increase in the steroid dose. The child had reacted badly to this and so the mother was desparately worried as to what else she could do. Knowing that the Bowen Technique was able to help asthmatics, I suggested she brought the child in for a treatment. It was to be my first of many cases.
It was not easy to treat the child as she moved about a lot. Depite that, her wheezing lessened immediatley. She was treated several times over the coming months, more as maintenance rather than through necessity. Since that first treatment in November 1999, the child has never suffered another asthmatic attack. Such an enormous change to such a serious case persuaded me that there was much potential for dealing with asthma cases.
In February 2000, the mother wrote: "My two year old daughter has suffered from asthma and an over-production of mucus from birth. She has a Ventolin and also Becotide on occasions. In November 1999, her asthma worsened and the GP advised restarting steroids at a higher dose. My daughter took a severe reaction to steroids so we stopped them immediately. That week she received her first Bowen and has had treatment once or twice a month since. She has not needed any medication since; she has a very slight period of wheezing occasionally which is managed with essential oils. It has been a remarkable improvement, particularly as she is a lively two year old who doesn't always stay still for the treatments."
When I last saw Tiger in late 2003, she was still fine and has not had a recurrrence of asthma.
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