Cranial Osteopathy

Emma Goffe

 

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

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.


Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change and circulatory flow that is present in all body tissues. This is called Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm. This rhythm was first described in the early 1900's by Dr. William G. Sutherland and its' existence was confirmed in a series of laboratory tests.


Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. Practitioners identify what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of its past history. What conditions benefit from cranial osteopathy?


Cranial osteopathy aims to treat the whole person not just the condition, so a very wide range of situations may benefit from treatment. These may include back and neck pain; joint pain and sports injuries; headaches, migraines and sinus problems; stress; recurrent infection; period pain; digestive difficulties; and treatment may also benefit general health and well-being. In babies and children many problems such as crying, colic, sleeping and feeding difficulties may be helped.

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