Broken legs

Complex regional pain syndrome.

My experience with Bowan therapy for complex regional pain syndrome.

The X-ray from my accident above, this was taken 6 month post injury and it shows a huge gap in the left femur which was full of infection from the initial surgery. 14 surgeries later, including a hip replacement, bone graft and full metal plate I went on the journey below

In September 2009 I had a motorbike accident when I was living in Indonesia, I broke many ribs, my left femoral neck and had a commutated fracture of my right femur.

After multiple surgeries on 3 continents I was left with a severe limp, one leg 6 cm shorter than the other, 2 years spent in a wheelchair and worst of all constant intense pain, which affects my quality of life on a daily basis.

After going through the UK medical system and not really finding a solution that didn’t leave me feeling like a zombie through using powerful medicines for pain. 

I started to look outside the regular system to control my ever-increasing opiate use. 

Daily I am using a buprenorphine 7 day, slow release patch, liquid morphine large doses of NSAIDs and an overnight lidocaine patch, I was starting to worry as I had already stepped up the dose of the buprenorphine patch becoming tolerant of the initial dose within 6 months.

I quickly started to use this regime for 3 weeks out of 4 and the other week I use kratom for my pain relief to reduce the possibility of a tolerance to this combination.

I started using a CPT-Neurometer to regain some function in my left leg and it also gave some pain relief. I was put onto this treatment when looking for more mobility via specialised physiotherapy at Prime Physio in melbourne cambridge. 

Nothing was having a large impact on my quality of life, pain and mobility levels. 


I then was recommended Bowen therapy at the Health & Well Being Treatment & Taiji Studioin Hornsea run by Heather.

Each day recently I have been arriving at home tired and in pain and with my heavy use of opiates very slow gut motility.

After the first hour session with heather I got off the massage bed feeling more mobile, relaxed and fresh.

The following weeks after a once a week treatment my gut motility was vastly improved, my sleep patterns improved, I felt allot healthier, my appetite increased, pain levels decreased and best of all my mobility improved.

Bowen therapy stretches the fascia in opposite directions and combining sustained pressure and stretching to decrease pain and increase range of motion in limbs.

Heathers dedication to understanding anatomy and using specialised techniques such as Bowen, Katsu and her super special listening skills have really improved my quality of life since starting my therapy sessions at Hornsea.

Keep up the great work !

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