Please see diagram, this is to illiastrate how a “hidden primary” leads to pain in different areas.
This “client” presents with lower back pain and sciatia in the right leg, and also mentions that his left shoulder is hurting.
However, the primary dysfunction on this example is on the left hand side of the neck this causes a dural drag through out the body
So if the therapist works on the localised pain in the back and in the shoulder, you may get some short term relief. However, a long term solution will not reached untill the primary dysfunction is resolved.
When practiced efficiently, this approach allows the Bowen therapist to optimise the function of the Central Nervous System (CNS) through a simple process of locating and correcting relevant spinal dysfunctions (the ‘locating’ is carried out using holistic assessment and screening methods and the correction is achieved with regular Bowen Therapy). In this way, the Bowen Technique may be used to correct significant spinal, pelvic and cranial dysfunction.
Importantly, the same holistic assessment methods can be re-employed post-treatment to verify that a particular treatment was successful.