Research Papers

A gentle hands on healing method that effects Autonomic Nervous System as measured by heart rate variability and clinical assessment by J. Whitaker MD, P Gilliam M.Ed, MSN, D. Seba Ph.D.

The Pschophysiological Effects of the Bowen Therapy by Ashley Pritchard. Swinburne University, Melbourne

Bernie Carter, Minnery, Clarke study called the Evaluation of Bowen technique in the treatment of Frozen Shoulder

Other Available Research on The Original Bowen Therapy Method Compiled by Anna Dicker

Effects of Bowen Therapy on Autonomic Nervous System and the Heart:

Tthis study by Dr. Whitaker MD has shown that Bowen Therapy affects the Autonomic Nervous System by measuring changes in value and pattern in Heart Rate Variability before and after treatment.

Psychological effects:

Ashley Pritchard at the Swinburn University department of Psychophysiology, Melbourne showed that Bowen Therapy consistently reduced subjects’ level of anxiety, and enhanced individuals positive feelings by reducing tension, anger, depression, fatigue and confusion. Objective measures of decrease in Heart Rate Variability and muscle tension correlate with subjective feelings of relaxation.


This study by Dr. Whitaker, MD showed the positive effect of Bowen Therapy on patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia, they all experienced various degrees of relief, which lasted from a few days to several weeks. The measurements of shifts in the Autonomic Nervous System by Heart Rate Variability studies fully complemented the clinical assessments.


A research project on the application of Bowen Therapy on TMJ abnormality was started in Durango, CO by Dr. John Bauman, DDS. Assessment of masseter tension by Bio Feedback, measurement of bite and subjective symptoms were compared before and after treatment. Immediately after the 1st treatment one third of patients felt dramatic relief in some of their symptoms and 20 out of the 22 patients showed significant improvement on the post Bio Feedback assessment.

Blood chemistry:

Dr. Whitaker using darkfield, phase and fluorescent microscopic live cell analysis has shown blood chemistry changes following treatment. These changes corroborate the reports by certain patient of experiencing transient flu-like symptoms due to detox reactions lasting up to 5 days following a session.

Frozen shoulder:

Dr. Bernie Carter’s research is well under way at the Metropolitan University of Manchester (UK) with lead Bowen therapist Rick Minnery to follow over a 12 months period patients diagnosed with frozen shoulder and treated by Bowen Therapy to show its effectiveness. Initial data is very encouraging 77% of patients experiencing successful outcome from their treatment.

Upcoming Maternity Research:

Midwife and Bowen therapist Rick Minnery, in 2000 will start a long term study on the effectiveness of Bowen Therapy with maternity patients. Some research topics will be:

  • Pre-natal morning sickness, heartburn, breast discomfort, symphyseal pain, lower back pain during pregnancy.
  • Bowen Therapy as an aid to relaxation and reduction of the experience of pain in labor and the reduction of time of labor.
  • Post-natal problems such as perineal trauma and particularly breast problems (engorgement, lactation, milk or venous engorgement, mastitis,  poor or excessive milk production).

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