Cranial osteopathy is a gentle, safe and effective approach to treatment of a wide range of problems in the whole body and or patients of all ages.
Cranial osteopathy refers to some of the subtler techniques in the osteopathic spectrum. Cranial osteopaths don't just treat symptoms that occur in the head (such as headache and pain from sinusitis and sinus congestion, or jaw pain) but pain and tension in the rest of the body too. Craniosacral techniques can be used all over the body. The name cranial osteopathy simply refers to the fact that it includes the structures inside the head.
Cranial osteopaths use a highly developed sense of touch to feel subtle changes of tension and tissue quality in the body and to diagnose areas of strain or dysfunction. This approach is helpful for finding areas of past trauma and compensation, including adaptations to accidents, injuries, work strains and past or ongoing psycho-emotional stresses.
Your osteopath will work to activate the body's own ability to heal itself by offering gentle and specific osteopathic support to help bring the tissues into a state of balance and release, which will help restore the body's health.
Using very light pressure or stretch, an osteopath will seek to affect tissues with strain and inflammation causing imbalance at joints and adaptations throughout the body.
During cranial treatment the osteopath might appear to be very still; the hands might appear to move hardly at all. Some patient's can feel the treatment working inside their body; some patients are unaware and may even fall asleep. Cranial osteopathy is very relaxing and works deeply on your problems. The approach can detect problems that have been held deep inside (the body) for several years.
It can be particularly helpful for patients who have stress-related conditions or complaints where structural osteopathy or other physical therapies have offered only temporary relief. These might show in many varied ways such as headaches, digestive disorders or breathing difficulties.
For more about babies and children see:
Sutherland Cranial College (where I have trained) have more information about cranial osteopathy:
Haller et al's recent study into the effects of cranial osteopathy on neck pain found it to be 'both specifically effective and safe in reducing neck pain intensity'. It may even improve function and quality of life up to 3 months post-intervention.