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    Pain, restless legs and a sensation of weakness are strong indicators that the sciatic nerve is compressed along its pathway.
    Bowen Therapy provides instant relief from the very first session.
Sciatic pain
what is it?
Sciatica causes pain, a feeling of weakness, tingling or restless legs along the sciatic nerve pathway.
Sciatica is typically characterized by distal discomfort (far from the body’s centre) on one side of the body: the right or left leg. Pain can extend from the lumbar region across the buttock, to the back and side of the thigh down to below the knee, all through the leg and foot.
Common causes of Sciatica
Sciatica is most commonly due to a slipped disc which leads to inflammation from the trapped nerve. This causes the previously mentioned symptoms or even bone spurs (osteophytes).
The roots of the sciatic nerve are in the fourth and and fifth lumbar vertebrae and the first sacral vertebrae. When compressed, these nerve roots trigger inflammation and pain which extends across the sciatic nerve pathway.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body, and it stretches from the lower section of the lumbar spine, down to the feet. It is responsible for the sensitivity and control of numerous muscles in the limbs.
How to take care of the spine
• Regular physical exercise – Strengthen postural muscles, the abdomen, and work on general flexibility.
• Correct posture when sitting – opt for chairs with lumbar support, adjusted to the appropriate height, and use a footrest to raise the feet.
• Healthy sleep patterns – a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep is essential to rest the spine. Firm mattress and pillows are preferable.
• Body mechanics defences – Avoid long periods of time stood up or sat down. Lift heavy objects by using the legs and hold the load to the body.
• Bowen Therapy – regular sessions or occasional maintenance.
Sciatica is a symptom
Sciatica is not an illness but a symptom of a subjacent medical condition. Usually provoked by a slipped disc (soft cushion of tissue between the bones in the spine pushes out) which compresses the nerve root, causing inflammation and consequently sometimes even bone spurs (osteophytes).
There are other possible causes of sciatica, all of which are associated with compression on the sciatic nerve, which occur along the lower limb due to muscle tissue inflammation (i.e., Piriformis syndrome).
Some conditions can mimic sciatica like arthrosis or inflammation in joints such as sacroiliitis (inflammation of one or both sacroiliac joints).
Book your session with Therapist José Neves now and start your healing journey. Bowen Therapy will bring you benefits in your day-to-day life.
Common Symptoms
That can be treated with Bowen Therapy
Bowen Therapy induces muscular relaxation, reduces tissue inflammation, and relieves sciatic pain in a natural way.
The sessions are highly relaxing and the Bowenwork hand movements are non-invasive and pain-free. It is common to feel a difference straight after the first session but to make a substantial or even permanent difference to symptoms a program of four to six sessions is necessary.
What is
Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy is a therapeutic practice that consists of applying gentle movements on the surface of the skin, in key points of the body.
Their main objective is to break pain and inflammation patterns (muscle, bone, tendon, etc.), relieve accumulated tension and naturally induce relaxation and rebalancing of the body.
About the
Bowen Therapy came into my life as I was going through a major personal and professional transition.
It has been a constant source of inspiration due to its subtle, delicate yet efficient and transformational impact. Bowen Therapy fulfils my desire to bring value to people’s lives and improve their quality of life.
Bowen Therapy reduces pain and allows for physical and even emotional improvement and regeneration.
Bowen Therapy Therapist Qualification from Bowtech Portugal
Approved by the Australian Academy of Bowen Therapy
ICF Coach
Book your session with Therapist José Neves now and start your healing journey. Bowen Therapy will bring you benefits in your day-to-day life.
  • I really needed Bowen Therapy, so I got in touch with José Neves. It’s one thing hearing about what an excellent service José has to offer (from various people), it’s another experiencing it first-hand. I received five-star treatment, from reception right through to the post-therapy follow-up. José exceeds all expectations. Just excellent. I can 100% recommend José Neve’s therapy.
    João Vinagre - Institutional Site - Lisbon
  • I had a small congenital muscular deficiency in my right hip which caused me lower back and sacroiliac pain, and discomfort in my right knee, for years. After the first session my body reacted positively. I had less muscular tension and the pain was relieved progressively as well as a general improvement in my wellbeing. It was as though Bowen Therapy was a catalyst for a better life. In just a few sessions I experienced long-term benefits which improved my emotional and physical wellbeing.
    Felisbela Antunes Pedro - 56 years old
  • What an excellent practitioner! As a client I 100% recommend José’s work and I challenge everyone to try Bowen Therapy. José’s sessions always run overtime, he takes profound interest in his clients, providing holistic support and follow-up. José brings his own special touch to his sessions and is genuinely interested in each of his clients.
    Teresa Sousa - Psychologist & Executive Coach
  • I was post-partum and couldn’t sleep at night because I had tingling in my arms and hands. I decided to try Bowen Therapy in the hopes that it would relieve me of my symptoms and help me sleep better. I felt a significant improvement right after the first session. I admit that I was a bit sceptical and thought it was a coincidence. I continued going to regular sessions and my wellbeing improved noticeably – no more tingling, emotional balance, and lightness. Thanks to Bowen Therapy I went back to sleeping with no pain and feeling revigorated. Not only did I feel better on a night but during the day too. José’s approach makes a difference to each interconnecting part of the body in my opinion. As well as the therapy, he is careful to create the ideal environment for each session. It is important because clearly how we are and what we have been through, physically as well as emotionally, is manifested in our bodies. José knows intuitively where treatment is needed but also provides a calm and relaxing experience.
    Marta Guedes Pinto - Children’s Coach
  • Bowen Therapy was a pleasant surprise because the sessions were enjoyable, and they helped alleviate the pain I had. I recommend José Neves because of his competency, interest, and commitment throughout the process and for his results.
    Ana Machado - Sintra
  • I recently moved house and injured my lower pain when lifting heavy weight. It was clear that I wasn’t pharmaceuticals and creams weren’t going to help me, so I booked a series of sessions with José. I was surprised at how soft the hand movements are, followed by some minutes of paused. Gradually I relaxed and felt a lightness spread over my body and soul. The second session was even better, since I knew how it worked by then, and I came out feeling better than I had in a long time, just 6 days after my first session. I had recovered lots of mobility in my back, and the light tension I had was totally healed after the third session. The most amazing part is that you don’t just feel good after each session, but the lightness and peace pertain over the following days. José Neves is an excellent practitioner, and his serenity, care and attention are unique.
    Gonçalo Conde – Lisbon
  • I looked into Bowen Therapy in the hopes of relieving my chronic pain, tendonitis, and the prickling sensation on the soles of my feet. At the time I was going through a difficult phase following the recent death of my father. I had muscular pain all over my body, but I also felt sad and apathetic. After the first session I felt a considerable improvement in my body, but I was still emotionally fragile. Over the next sessions José was kind enough to get me to talk about what I was going through. After that session everything changed. I felt less emotional pain – it was as though I’d had a deep internal clean, and then I experienced a significant improvement on my physical symptoms. I didn’t realise it would have a positive influence on my emotional wellbeing. I turn to Bowen Therapy when I need to rediscover harmony between my mind and body, and I can recommend it.
    Isabel Antunes Mendes - Administration Assistant
  • José Neves is an excellent practitioner and a great person. He has helped me resolve a personal issue through Bowen Therapy and I am grateful for his work. I can fully recommend his treatment.
    Pedro Neves - Hypnotherapist
  • From the very start José was kind and had an unusual willingness for an initial consultation. After a very positive initial contact, the rest of the consultation couldn’t have been better. He was able to do more for me in one hour than others could do in much more time. He is without a doubt the therapist I would go back to.” (João Lopes). This testimonial, shared by a reference, hits the nail on the head with regards to José’s stellar reputation. As his patient I reenforce just how generous and kind of spirit he is. José has exemplary dedication. He has a genuine interest in helping those he works with. I confidently recommend his work.
    Vanda Lopes - Pure Coaching
  • José Neves is an excellent person who brings tranquillity and efficiency through Bowen Therapy. My husband and I both went to José, and I recommend his treatment. I recommend it for relaxing, improving sleep, treating tendonitis and dreaded backpain. Who doesn’t want a pain-free life?
    Rute Serra - INK Limit, Ld.
  • I had an injury and I tried Bowen Therapy. I liked it a lot and I highly recommend this complementary therapy which comprehends the body and the mind. The Bowen hand movements bring a feeling of wellbeing and comfort straight from the first session. José Neves is an excellent practitioner, and he explains the entire procedure in a clear and perceptive way. He makes you feel calm and safe throughout the consultation. He accompanies his patients throughout the treatment, sharing information and knowledge so that there can be greater harmony between the body and mind.
    Cláudia Machado - Interpreter
  • Even though I was already familiar with Bowen Therapy, it wasn’t until I met José that I got a better understanding of its benefits. I started doing the therapy to help with my migraines which I had been suffering from for years. As well as positive results, I was cared for with attention, focus and professionalism. José is a top therapist who was able to resolve my problems. I am grateful to have met such a wonderful person and practitioner. I recommend his work.
    Susana Junqueiro - Feng Shui Therapist
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Is there a cure for Sciatica?

Patients with sciatica can experience severe pain but there are several conservative measures (non-surgical), which can resolve most cases. Within several weeks patients can feel symptom-free just from rest, relaxation exercises, painkillers, and anti-inflammatory.

However, if symptoms persist or worsen patients may require surgery. When patients remain untreated or experience a worsening of symptoms, there is a risk that they can develop urinary or intestinal disfunctions or neurological problems.

2. Will I experience pain during the session?

No, Bowen Therapy is totally painless, the hand movements are soft and the whole process is rather relaxing. Many patients fall asleep during their session.

3. Is Bowen Therapy completely safe?

Bowen Therapy is safe because it consists of light stimulative movements on the surface of the skin. It provides a unique experience because it is subtle yet transformative

4. How many sessions are needed to improve symptoms?

Right after the first session it is possible to notice improvements, but to ensure a lasting recovery process, 4 to 6 sessions are suggested.

5. Is the therapy suitable for pregnant women?

There has been no evidence to suggest that pregnant women cannot do Bowen Therapy. However, for maximum precaution it is recommended that treatment is done after the first trimester.

6. What are sessions like?

Sessions last between 60 and 90 minutes and contact can be directly on the skin or through light clothing. Ideally sessions have at least a 5-day gap before the next treatment.
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