Bruce Beet of Ferntree Gully (Arthritis)
For many years previously I had coped with arthritic fingers and thumbs of both hands but my day-to-day life had not been interrupted.
I sought the help of an osteopath however after some months of treatment to the injury I found it unsatisfactory.
My doctor prescribed anti-inflammatory medication for swelling and pain. I was then referred on to a rheumatologist, and following an MRI and X-Rays, cortisone was injected directly into the affected part of my wrist. The swelling on top of the hand started to become a major concern.
In April 2005 I stopped medicating with the anti-inflammatory because of undesirable side effects. The medication had also had no effect on the swelling.
After eighteen months of light relief with the Cortisone treatment, a second injection was given and at that point I was referred on to a plastic surgeon for a biopsy consultation where surgery was also discussed. Neither has occurred. The surgeon requested a second opinion in June 2005. I was then referred on to an orthopaedic surgeon who amended the original diagnosis of osteoarthritis to one of inflammatory arthritis, a degenerative disease. His considered opinion is that my right hand is in danger of being affected in the same way.
All three specialists are currently conferring, regarding possible future surgery, which I would prefer to avoid.
Otherwise, my general health is very good.
Before Treatment by Bowen.
I kept an open mind when I made my first appointment with Stewart Gatenby in mid-July 2005.
At this point I was suffering very serious pain in my wrist and hand, causing a kind of paralysis at times and I was constantly relying on strong painkillers to alleviate the symptoms.
I had difficulty putting on and taking off any clothing that needed to go over my head. Bathing under the shower caused me to rely on my right hand and arm, because of the inflexibility of my left hand. I found my sleep was also being disturbed because of the pain.
Benefits of the Treatment.
After the third treatment, my wrist movement improved, and has been less painful with better mobility following the fourth treatment. It seems the swelling is less of a concern and now I have improved ability with dressing. My bathing routine is better than before and I am not having my sleep interrupted from pain.
However, I have noted that during extremely cold weather there has been some pain return.
There are many times when I am almost able to forget the wrist problem exists.
I intend continuing with the treatment. Bowen Therapy has been a revelation to me, and I am grateful for the help given by Stewart Gatenby.
Bruce W. Beet17 August 2005
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Wendy K, 35 of Wantirna, Vic (Personal growth - Self Esteem)
I enjoyed the session on Saturday morning, and feel better than before. It was different to anything that I have tried before though surprisingly reawakening. I'm feeling better about myself and I've been feeling pretty positive. I feel more confident within myself and less need to argue with others.
Joan Hampton of Upper Ferntree Gully VIC (Shoulder Surgery Recovery)
Before Treatment with Bowen
Linda of Pialba, QLD (Stress)
Just a quick note to thank you so much for last Thursday. I have been so much better – on a high!
Got heaps done around the house & generally feel great. I’ll be back for sure.
Again thank you – you are both angels Love, Linda
Your treatment worked fantastically well. 24 hours later I was moving my neck without too much pain at all. Another day of stretches had it completely gone.
Sorry I didn’t call to let you know. Time got away and the next thing I knew I was really enjoying my holiday.