More on epsom salts and Iodex
by Tamara G
If you cannot get to the Bowen practitioner, dissolve 2 table spoons of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) in warm water for 20min. If possible, do this every evening for 4 to 6 weeks.
The Iodex is to be applied on non-broken skin of the affected joint after the foot soak in epsom salts. You may be able to follow this up with Chris Reed, the head of the original Bowtech Bowen Association in Victoria, Australia (or he could get you in touch with someone in your country, who can assist you with obtaining it). It can be made at home or purchased complete through a practitioner or the association.
If the bunion(s) are painful and you are hoping to have treatment, it is a good idea to soak them a few weeks prior to starting Bowen Treatment as a means of reducing inflammation and increasing comfort (through the procedure). As flexibility and pain improves, consider using a toe divider to assist repositioning the toe.
The Bowen moves are fantastic. I am a newly recruited practitioner who practises the bunion methods and have been yielding good results (without the soaks), especially for my mother who is pleased. She can now extend her big toes without sharp pain. It is a good idea to get in touch with a Bowtech Bowen practitioner in your country and see how comforting it can be - might also help any other problems relating to this (my mum also had spurs).
Wishing you all the best.