Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle, form of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head.
It is a subtle and refined, yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.
The ‘Involuntary motion’
Cranial osteopaths work on the ‘involuntary motion’ or the cranial rhythm, which is a rhythmical shape change present in all the body tissues. Ths normal motion of all body tissues allows healthy functioning. It is a very small movement and so cranial osteopaths have a very finely developed sense of touch. This involuntary motion was first described in the early 1900’s by Dr. William G. Sutherland and its existence was confirmed by scientific tests in the 1960’s and ’70’s.
Osteopaths assess this motion and treat any tensions, for example those caused by illness or trauma. Any part of the body that is restricted, painful or distressed will be reflected by a disturbed quality of the involuntary rhythm. The osteopath will be able to detect this using his/her hands. By using very gentle pressure, the disturbed pattern of movement can be altered.
What can cranial osteopaths treat?Osteopaths may have different specialities including sports injuries, paediatrics and visceral osteopathy (treating the internal organs of the body). Cranial osteopathy embraces all of these. It aims to treat the whole person not just the condition, so a very wide range of situations may benefit from treatment.
This technique is the treatment of choice for all babies and young children. Babies often greatly benefit from cranial osteopathy as it helps resolve strains from the birth process.
It is useful for people who require a gentle approach, for people with long term pain and discomfort relating to old physical injuries or birth trauma and for relieving everyday stress and tension.
What is ‘Cranial’ treatment?Cranial Osteopaths use osteopathic principles to treat the whole body including but not exclusively the head.
Cranial osteopathy is very relaxing and should not cause undue discomfort, although assessment and treatment may require the handling of painful areas. Some patients experience soreness after treatment, similar to that felt after unaccustomed exercise. This usually lasts no more than 24 – 48 hours.
And the benefits of cranial osteopathy are?Osteopathic treatment is aimed at improving the all round health of the individual as well as the relief of symptoms. Patients often report an improvement in general well being, energy levels, sleep patterns and also in areas of symptoms other that those that brought them to the osteopath in the first place.
Cranial Osteopathy in short:
- Cranial Osteopathy, are osteopaths who use cranial technique within their cranial treatment
- The gentle approach works with the bodies natural 'involuntary motion' to encourage healthy movement
- Cranial techniques are ideal for babies, young children and anyone needing a gentler approach