Cranial osteopathy

Whole body osteopathic treatment for all ages

Cranial osteopathy is an approach that is gentle therefore ideal for all age groups and if you prefer a more gentle approach.

How cranial osteopathy can help

Cranial osteopathy is a gentle, subtle and refined osteopathy technique that can be used alongside other therapies and medication. It follows the principles of osteopathy and incorporates the head as well as the body.

Cranial osteopathy – is a gentle and effective osteopathic approach that incorporates the structure and mechanisms within your skull – specifically, the cranium – and how they can affect your body and health as a whole. With cranial osteopathy, we use gentle and subtle holds of the body, neck and head to enhance the motion of tissues and flow of fluid, such as cerebrospinal fluid. This can prevent a build-up of toxins in your system and help the delivery of vital nutrients to your brain. It can also relieve pressure and regulate various systems within your body. There is evidence to show that this can help to improve your sleep, relax you and relieve stress, and lower the pain associated with tension-type headaches.

Yes. As mentioned above, one of the benefits of cranial osteopathy is that, because it’s such a gentle technique, it is suitable for all age groups. People often talk about cranial osteopathy within the context of treating babies but it’s an approach that’s suitable for anyone. A thorough consultation will still take place initially to assess suitability for an individual.

No. Cranial osteopathy gained its name because it includes the head, but it actually looks at your body as a single entity rather than just treating isolated parts. The theory behind this approach is that the whole body is connected and problems in one area can create a domino effect leading to health issues that might affect other areas. Above all else, cranial osteopathy is a gentle technique to relax your body and encourage its mechanisms, including the nervous and circulatory systems, to a place of balance.

When you come to see me for osteopathic treatment of any kind, including cranial osteopathy, I will give you advice that you can use at home to help manage your symptoms.

Cranial osteopathy is an incredibly relaxing treatment – so much so that it’s not unknown for people to enter a deep state of relaxation or even fall asleep during their appointment! Some people feel mild tension, aching or sensitivity that gradually disappears, while others describe a lovely sense of warmth.

Cranial osteopathy is difficult to ‘prove’ but modern scientific understanding of physiology – in particular, recent research in the fields of cell motility, fluid dynamics and the properties and functions of fascia – are increasingly validating the theory and hands-on experiences of cranial osteopaths. Those clinical trials that have been conducted have shown a ‘statistically significant improvement’ in pain intensity for tension-type headaches, as well as for sleep in infants with colic and adults suffering from disrupted sleep. Clinical trials have also found a ‘significantly significant reduction’ in crying per 24 hours in babies with colic.

To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree – a similar length of time to a medical degree – but will spend more time focusing on human anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine. Knowledge in cranial osteopathy can then be achieved through additional postgraduate training, available only to qualified osteopaths.

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