Sports Bowenwork

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Neil Wilson of Sleeping Lion Martial Arts in Flagstaff

If you are serious about sports,
Bowenwork is a vital resource.

  • Enhanced Sports Performance
    • Injury Prevention
    • Sports Injury Management and Rehabilitation
    • Biomechanics: Body Balancing
    • Improved Speed, Agility, Flexibility, Strength and Endurance
    • Reduction in Muscle Pain and Fatigue, Post Performance

Ankle and Foot Issues

The ability to drive, to turn on a pitch, follow through on a golf
swing, to jump, even to run and cut are all dependent on the
strength and stability of the ankle and foot. These structures have
enormous innate strength yet can become chronically misaligned
after an ankle sprain. The sprain causes two problems on the
outside of the ankle, bruising and swelling temporary weakness and
inability to bear weight. The other problem is usually not noticed
and can be the cause of long-term ankle weakness, repeated
sprains and foot pain. The inside of the ankle/heel gets squeezed  
together from the outside of the ankle being spread apart at injury.
The result is that the heel doesn’t land flat or sit flat on the ground,
being tipped outward by the injury (the problem can be detected by
pressing into the inside of the heel of the often injured ankle, if
there is tenderness there, there is a chronic misalignment). This is
another issue that can go on unresolved for years, leaving the
athlete prone to re-injury and weakened in critical performance
areas.  Often just one session of Bowenwork can completely relieve
this problem.  Another issue is that misaligned hips can cause foot
problems such plantar fascitis, hammertoes and bunions.

Shoulder Issues

Throwing, swinging a golf club, spiking a volleyball, pulling the body
through the water, supporting the upper body while cycling are
dependent on proper shoulder mechanics. The shoulder has 15
muscles that cross it that have to work in concert for maximum
strength, speed and stability. This can be compromised by bad
mechanics, trauma or overuse in exercise in preparation for the
sport. Often pre-season preparation done too enthusiastically can
be the basis for the compromised structure.  What results can be a
minor to a major impingement on the soft tissue (muscle, tendon,
nerve, etc.) of the shoulder by the hard tissue (bone)
due to the compromise in coordination of the shoulder
musculature.  Pain swelling, weakness, and inflammation arise from
the impingement.  The athlete may not have the strength or
range-of-motion or stamina necessary to perform adequately
because of the impingement.  Without having done any irreparable
damage to the joint tissue, the athlete may think they have a injury
to the rotator cuff and stop competition unnecessarily.

Hamstrings and Knee Issues
(Jumping and Quick Starts)

 Many sports involve jumping and quick starts and stops.  Basketball,
 softball, volleyball, skiing, tennis are just a few as is golf which is a
 full-stop to full-speed to full-stop sport whether we realize it or not.
 Our hamstrings, the muscles that run from below our hips to our
 knees and bend our legs at the knee serve us in all these sports for
 speed and power.  Unfortunately the hamstrings are multiple
 muscles that have to work in balanced unison to ensure knee
 alignment, power, speed and stamina.  Small injuries to the
 hamstrings can reduce their resilience with out causing full loss of
 capacity. Small traumas may leave the hamstrings contracting
 unevenly or worse, holding a contraction pattern that misalign the
 knee. When this happens, the runner, ballplayer or golfer may think
 they have a knee injury. This can reduce their stamina, their power
 to jump, their speed, or their quickness in turning whether in running
 or even in golf.  It can mean knee pain after every competition. This
 can lead to reducing the length of time of performance or problems
 of anticipating actions that cause further pain, both robbing the
 competitor of their potential satisfaction.  If this isn’t deemed serious
 enough to consult a healthcare professional, the problem can
 continue and worsen, finally unnecessarily ending involvement in a
 sport.

 Permission to reprint excerpt from article written by Kevin Minney past Bowenwork Instructor


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