Bowen can help with bedwetting

Running a children’s clinic can bring its own challenges but also huge rewards. There’s nothing better than seeing a happy, relaxed child and an even happier parent. As with any first appointment, you never know what you’re going to discover when that little (or not so little) one walks, toddles or is carried through the door. The challenge might not be the condition that they present with – that’s par for the course. There’s the reluctant teenager, the little bundle of energy, the shy one, the noisy one ……. All make for interesting times!

One of my first clients was a young teenager with bedwetting problems who was brought in by mum. It was obviously not being made an issue at home, but social life was severely limited – school trips away and sleep-overs at friends’ were not an option.
After one session, there was slight improvement but not enough to last. Second session – no real change and the third, again some improvement. The fourth session was the last, no further appointments were made and I never heard from them again – until a few months later when I bumped into mum by chance and found out that the reason they hadn’t returned was that they hadn’t needed to! The teenager was able to go away with friends and apart from an occasional ‘accident’ all was well. Such a difference, and his friendships and confidence had blossomed.

Purely by coincidence, another client of the same age, same gender and same condition came in and I repeated everything I’d done before, with exactly the same results. Another teenager able to go on trips away, confident that there was no potential for embarrassment. There are so many reasons for bedwetting. We were fortunate in that they both responded well to Bowen, and the reason for their condition was not insurmountable.
For details of your nearest Chidren’s Clinic, visit http://www.bowentherapy.org.uk/childrens-clinics

A sad but cautionary tale.

Recently a report in the Daily Mail caught my attention. The account was about the death of a gentleman who had attended a clinic for treatment for backache. The gentleman, in his 80th year was reported to have been generally fit and active.

‘He lost consciousness and appeared to be paralysed from the waist down during treatment.’  

His wife was in the clinic with her husband and witnessed the incident.  Despite every effort to save the gentleman’s life, he died at the local hospital the next day as the result of ‘a traumatic spinal cord injury.’  The police have launched a criminal investigation to establish whether criminal negligence was a factor in his death. The investigation is ongoing. The practitioner was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and has been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

I have to emphasise here that the practitioner was not a Bowen Therapist.

Regardless of this fact, lives have been irrevocably changed. The detail provided in the report is superficial and conclusions should not be prematurely reached without full knowledge of the facts.  A responsibility I would not wish to have.

A sobering thought for myself was ‘what if?’ What if that had happened to me? What would I do? What did I not do? From a professional standpoint, I would be asking about skill maintenance and individual support. In addition, I am now thinking about what support I would get from my professional organisation if it had been me involved. Thankfully I am part of a professional organisation, the BTPA, that does provide support and, I believe, would support colleagues in extremis.

As this very sad story conveys, we do not know what the future holds. Be mindful of your knowledge and expertise. A sobering reminder to approach your clinical practice with ‘fresh eyes’.

Linda Birnie MSc, Cert ECBS, MCNHC, MBTPA