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What is Cranial Osteopathy?

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle and effective mode of Osteopathy that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body.

Cranial Osteopathic Therapy is widely known for the treatment of babies but is just as effective for children, adults, athletes and the elderly. Osteopaths may have various areas of specialist expertise including sports injuries, paediatrics, and visceral osteopathy (treating the internal organs of the body). Cranial osteopathy embraces all of these.

Osteopaths do not treat the symptoms of medical conditions, they look to find the contributing and predisposing factors or events that could have led to the medical condition arising in order to treat as well as prevent recurrence.

Therefore, in osteopathic treatments, the whole body is involved and people report improvements in different areas and different systems, not just the painful area that brought them to the consultation.

Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle and effective mode of Osteopathy that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body.

Cranial Osteopathic Therapy is widely known for the treatment of babies but is just as effective for children, adults, athletes and the elderly. Osteopaths may have various areas of specialist expertise including sports injuries, paediatrics, and visceral osteopathy (treating the internal organs of the body). Cranial osteopathy embraces all of these.

Osteopaths do not treat the symptoms of medical conditions, they look to find the contributing and predisposing factors or events that could have led to the medical condition arising in order to treat as well as prevent recurrence.

Therefore, in osteopathic treatments, the whole body is involved and people report improvements in different areas and different systems, not just the painful area that brought them to the consultation.

What is Cranial Osteopathy used for?

Cranial Osteopathy or craniosacral therapy is a gentle, safe, hands on and effective approach used to treat a wide range of problems throughout the body. These include:

For Babies

> Colic related Issues
> Reflux related Issues
> Unhappy Distressed Babies
> Babies with flattened Head
> Torticollis
> Babies only looking one way
> Babies with feeding issues

For Children

> Pain in the body
> Headaches
> Development of the spine
> Recovery from falls
> Ear infection and sinus issues
> Recurrent illness
> Behavioural problems
> Epilepsy
> Dental development

For Adults

> Headaches
> Back and neck pain
> Recurrent illness
> Emotional tension
> Pregnancy pain
> Postnatal pain
> Post surgical pain and tension
> Post accident or trauma

How does Cranial Osteopathy work?

To have a very basic understanding of what Cranial Osteopathy is and how its subtle techniques can have a profound effect on our wellbeing, we need to understand that the body is made up of 50-80% of water and that every single cell in our body respires (breathes).

Our brain and spinal cord to the sacrum, are surrounded by fluid called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF). This CSF acts as a cushion to the brain and spinal cord, as well as providing nutrition, regulating blood flow and providing immunological protection to the brain.

Every cell in our bodies has intracellular fluid (inside the cell) and extracellular fluid (surrounding the cell). This fluid is in continuous movement as it transports essential nutrients to and removes waste products from areas of the body.

Just as the ocean tides go in and out, there is a tidal movement in our body fluid. There is a subtle expansion and contraction in every cell, just as our lungs fill with air and then empty as we respire.

Tension in our bodies can disrupt this movement, for instance, if we are physically or emotionally stressed or tired our body tissues have a tendency to tighten up. Our bodies can adapt over time, but if there is prolonged stress, physical or emotional, tensions can remain and can gradually build up and restrict movement.

Osteopaths in the cranial field use their highly developed and sensitised sense of touch to detect and feel subtle changes of tension and shape in the quality of this tidal movement within the body enabling them to work to release any areas of dysfunction in order to support healing.

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