Bunions & Bowen

bunionYou can do something about your Bunions, you do no have to accept that they will just continue to worsen. What’s more you can do most of this work at home, with a little help from your Bowen Therapist.

Although this process is effective, the process of getting rid of a bunion is a long one and needs constant effort on your behalf, though it is worth it and will improve your overall body mobility and decrease pain levels.

What do I need?

You will need some Idosalve (which you can get from your Bowen Practitioner) and some Epsom Salts.

Idosalve is a combination of Methyl Salicilate and Iodine, mixed into a peanut oil base. Therefore care should be taken if you have a nut allergy. Idosalve is made especially for ECBS (The European College of Bowen Studies), and is available through your Bowen practitioner.

Idosalve is good to use for bunions as the iodine starts the process of breaking down the joint calcification and Methyl Salicilate eases the pain and inflammation. Clients with arthritic joints, especially fingers, find a regular application reduces the pain and increases flexibility in the joint..

Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate) is absorbed through the skin when taking a bath. It reduces inflammation and starts to soften the calcification of your joints that cause the bunions.

Epsom salts can be purchased from chemists in large bags and can be bought loose and in large bags as Magnesium sulphate, from garden centres or often equestrian stores.

What do I do?

1) Daily Epsom Salt Footbath: Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts to a footbath or a bowl of 2 litres of pleasantly warm water. Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes then dry thoroughly

2) Twice daily apply Idosalve to the outside of the bunion. This should be worked into the area with the thumbs and fingers. Do this after the foot bath and once more at another time of day.

3) Visit your Bowen practitioner to help you with this process.

After a few weeks of this application and depending on the size of the bunion, there should have been enough softening to allow movement of the joint. This is a good time to have another Bowen treatment. The process of soaking the foot with Epsom Salts and and rubbing Idosalve firmly into the joint can then continue. It might take anything up to 9 months and a lot of patience, but eventually the lump should dissapear.

Why do I need Bowen at all for this protocol?

Bowen can help to expedite the process and help to encourage mobility in your feet and the toe joints that are suffering. What’s more, having your body balanced with Bowen will help to improve symmetry in your body and the way that you walk and your posture will improve. This will support the healing of the Bunions. The reasons that the bunions appeared in the first place may be due to posture, gait, your shoes, genetics, or a combination of these factors. By addressing the contributory causative factors and following the home protocol you can have a multi faceted plan of action address the problem.