Cranial Osteopathy is an extremely gentle but profoundly effective form of treatment. The name is deceptive, as the gentle rebalancing techniques can be applied to every part of the body, not just the skull.
Cranial Osteopathy has developed form the discovery that a small amount of movement exists within the human skull. From this, an approach to diagnosis and treatment has evolved in which the osteopath’s highly trained sense of touch is used to identify and unwind strain patterns and correct limitations of tissue mobility, not only in and around the joints of the skull, but throughout the body. A great example of this is treating babies after their journey through the birth canal.
The technical approach used involves extremely gentle, but specifically applied adjustments to the movements of the body tissues. Treatment aims to re-establish the body’s own self-healing and self-regulating ability, so health can be maintained.
It is a very safe and relaxing method of treatment for the whole body. This gentle, cranial approach is suitable for people of all ages, especially babies, children and the elderly, but is also appropriate for many patients in conjunction with more structural techniques. We often choose to use these cranial techniques if your body is under particular stress from mental or physical trauma, if you have experienced a bad impact to your head or spine or if the injury you are presenting with is slow to recover. It is a subtle and very useful way in to accessing and settling down the nervous system, which sometimes needs to be achieved before structural techniques can be fully effective.