Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age. Osteopaths may have different specialities including sports injuries, paediatrics, and visceral osteopathy. Cranial osteopathy embraces all of these.
Cranial osteopathy is based on the theory that the 22 bones in the skull move continuously, in a cogwheel fashion. In a healthy person, this cogwheel movement would be functioning well, resulting in excellent drainage of the head and optimised efficiency of the cranial nerves. Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm. The movement is of very small amplitude, therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it.
If you have any concerns about your baby’s or your own health, we always recommend you seek the advice of your GP. However we have often found GPs and midwives recommend cranial osteopathy.
Osteopathy can be performed on people of all ages, including children, the elderly and even pregnant women. Osteopathy is usually performed to help joint and muscle conditions and is effective in all joints of the body.
Osteopathy can help with:
- Generalised aches and pains
- Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
- Arthritic pain
- Back and neck pain, both acute and chronic
- Headaches arising from neck pain and Migraine Prevention
- Frozen shoulder, shoulder pain
- Elbow pain, tennis elbow
- Circulatory problems
- Digestive issues
- Muscle spasms
- Rheumatic pain
- Minor sports injuries and tensions
The World Health Organisation has recognised osteopathy as an effective treatment. Our osteopaths are all registered with the General Osteopathic Council and are very skilled at what they do. They have been professionally trained to not just focus on one area of treatment, but rather to focus on the body as a whole.