Canine Bowen Therapy

What is Canine Bowen Technique? (CBT)

Canine Bowen Therapy is a gentle manipulative therapy (a form of physiotherapy) that treats the entire dog, not just the presenting symptoms. Bowen Therapy involves gentle manipulation of soft tissue (not bone) over specific points of the body to bring about rapid results and balance to the individual. These tiny moves help to calm the nervous system and reduce pain levels whilst promoting healing on many levels. Adjustments will continue within the body for up to 5 days following the treatment.

Bowen Therapy is particularly good at reducing stress levels. When a dog has high stress levels it can induce weight loss, an inability to settle and even lower their immune system, in turn leading to illness.

The Bowen Therapy works exceptionally well on it’s own or combined with homeopathy.

Canine Bowen Therapy
Canine Bowen Therapy for all Dogs

From a veterinary point of view, Canine Bowen Therapy is regarded as a manipulative therapy covered by the Veterinary Surgery Exemptions Order 1962 and 1966 Veterinary Surgeons Act, allowing qualified practitioners to work on the animal, on referral from the dog’s veterinarian. Click here to download leaflet for information for Vets.

Where does the Bowen Technique come from?

The Bowen Technique, was developed by Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982) who lived in Australia. The human form of Bowen Therapy was introduced to this country in 1986.  The European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists with whom Zoe has trained, was set up to train, promote, represent and regulate a network of properly skilled and experienced Canine Bowen therapists, that would be able to work alongside vets and other therapists to improve the health of dogs.

What conditions and symptoms can Canine Bowen Therapy help

Zoe has had a lot of success treating dogs and cats using the Bowen Technique. In particular and when all other forms of treatment have failed, the Bowen technique has helped many animals where euthanasia was being considered.

  • Acute injury. Sprains and strains, cruciate injuries, shoulder lameness
  • Back and neck injuries including slipped discs
  • Reoccurring lameness, no need for a diagnosis
  • Neurological conditions including strokes, contracted tendons, paralysis & weakness in limbs (myelopathy)
  • Hip, elbow dysplacia and arthritis including spondylitis
  • Chronic illness and degenerative disease in older dogs by improving the dog’s quality of life and mobility
  • Pre and post surgery. Reducing recovery time with fewer complications and scarring.
  • Reoccurring ear and eye infections
  • Itchy skin and allergies
  • Fear, aggression, rescued, stressed and re-homed dogs

Cats respond well to the Bowen Technique, which can be helpful when traditional forms of physiotherapy are rejected by the cat. From Zoe’s experience cats are better treated in their home environment.

Conditions and symptoms that have responded well to The Canine Bowen Technique

  • Stressed and nervous dogs
  • Epilepsy
  • Arthritis including spondylitis
  • Back and neck injuries including slipped discs
  • Shoulder lameness
Joint problems
  • Intermittent lameness, and gait problems. Sprains, strains and ligament (cruciate) damage
Muscle soreness, tightness
  • Elbow and hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease
  • Pre, Post operative – to aid the healing process
  • Improving performance – agility/working/showing dogs
  • Digestive problems,
  • Reoccurring ear and eye infections
  • Itchy skin and allergies
  • Maintaining and improving the dog’s quality of life
  • Helping the older dog maintain mobility
  • Stroke rehabilitation and other neurological conditions
  • Unusual or last resort cases, Zoe enjoys a challenge!

*PLEASE NOTE: Bowen therapy is not a substitute for veterinary care.  A consent form will need to be signed by your vet.