Relieve Childhood Asthma with The Bowen Technique
Relieve Childhood Asthma with Bowen Therapy
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Working with Asthma in Children


The Bowen Asthma Emergency Procedure is taught on the Bowen Technique courses as part of the Respiratory Procedure. It is quick to administer. In a full attack, the stomach and chest appear to collapse inwards because of the Diaphragm going into full spasm. Most, if not all, of my asthma cases also use this move instead of Ventolin. If it does not work, it is perfectly safe to use the reliever spray.

1.In a major asthma attack

Call the Emergency Services immediately.

While waiting for help to arrive, the following procedure often produces immediate relief. Remain calm as the victim will be very anxious.

In a full attack, the person may not be able to breath out at all.

2. To release the full spasm of the diaphragm, find the bottom of the Breast Bone (fig 1). Just below it is the very sensitive Xiphoid Process just under the skin (small children may not yet have a fully developed Xiphoid Process).

3. Place a thumb about one inch below the Xiphoid Process in the soft "stomach" area (fig 2).

4. Gently push the skin up about 1-inch (fig 3).

5. Apply a small amount of pressure (maybe 1-2/10) inwards, and

6. Pull the thumb down moderately quickly and firmly to release the spasm (fig 4).
This should release the spasm immediately and the air is then released from the lungs.

If not, try again..

Note: You can use this procedure gently to release light spasms of the Diaphragm when the child or adult is just a bit wheezy or coughing. This often helps and can be done several times. It is important to only use a small amount of pressure when it is not a full attack and the Diaphragm is only slightly in spasm.

A mother recently commented "I thought I had not really done anything". This was the right way to do it.

This also works with other similar conditions, such as with Panic Attacks and may also help release chest tension in a case of "Anaphylactic Shock".

See the Home Page notes for an example of its use in an emergency.

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