Canine Bowen Technique is a soft-tissue remedial technique involving ‘light-touch’ moves of fingers or thumbs over muscle, ligament, tendon and/or fascia at specific points of the dog’s body. The work is very subtle and involves no hard or prolonged pressure. It offers dogs a gentle, non-invasive and effective hands-on technique that aims to promote healing, pain-relief and body/energy rebalancing.
Canine Bowen Technique aims to promote and support the body’s own powers of self-healing and has been offered for many years to support dogs with problems in the following areas:
- Acute injury e.g., sprains and strains.
- Chronic conditions and degenerative disease – helping to improve the dog’s quality of life.
- Rescue/re-homed dogs – relaxation of tension caused by earlier stress and trauma.
- Pre– and post-operative surgery – assisting recovery times.
- Fear-based anxiety – such as fireworks and thunderstorms.
Although generally regarded as ‘remedial’, Canine Bowen Technique can also be used to good effect as a maintenance and a prevention technique, helping to keep the body in optimum balance. To this end, it may be very beneficial for active, hard-working dogs or dogs used for competitions in obedience, agility, or trialling.
Common conditions which are often presented at Canine Bowen Technique sessions
- Allergies and Skin conditions
- Arthritis and Muscular Sprains & Strains
- Back problems
- Lameness and other Gait problems
- Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
- Working or Competition dogs
- Dogs that pull on the lead
- Aggression and other Behavioural problems
- Stress & Anxiety disorders
- Cystitis & Urinary disorders
- Recurrent Ear problems
Canine Bowen Technique does not ‘treat conditions. Through holistically working with the body and helping the dog’s own healing resources it aims to support dogs with such conditions through the rebalancing/optimising effects both locally and elsewhere in its body, which may help to improve its quality of life.
Canine Bowen Technique Association practitioners, philosophy is:
- To listen and work in partnership with the dog.
- Creating a relationship of trust to maximise the effect of the session.
- Never forcing a Canine Bowen Technique session on a dog against his wishes.
- Using a holistic approach to session.
- Working collaboratively with the vets in the best interests of the dog.
- Recognising that dogs are a separate species and have their own needs and requirements.
They DO NOT:
- Do not diagnose
- Do not treat conditions
- Do not prescribe or alter medications
- Do not force CBT on a dog
- Work to a strict code of conduct and professional ethics
- Fulfil standards of training and annual CPD requirements
- Maintain their own liability Insurance
- Only work in collaboration with vets as Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute/replacement for normal veterinary care, but rather is complementary to it.