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/childhood to old age.
Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change and circulatory flow that is present in all the tissues of the body. This osteopathic approach was primarily developed from the work and research of Dr. William G. Sutherland, who first described the subtle motions present within the body, particularly in the skull, in the early 1900’s. He called these delicate movements the Cranial Rhythmic Impulse, or the Involuntary Mechanism, and their existence has been confirmed in a series of laboratory tests.
When the body is under tension or experiences injury, the subtle involuntary motion can become disrupted affecting how the body functions.
What may Cranial Osteopathy Help?
Cranial osteopaths using this approach aim to treat the whole person not just the condition, so a very wide range of situations may benefit from treatment. In adults 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, a cranial osteopathic check up after birth can ease the changes and tensions that they experience when making the dramatic change from the world within the womb, to life outside. Babies and children with problems such as: crying, colic, recurrent infections, sleeping and feeding difficulties may be helped.