Cranial osteopathy is the name given to a subtle and refined approach to osteopathy, it is used throughout the body not just on the head. 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 living anatomy of the whole body, and to diagnose areas of strain or dysfunction.
The osteopath is often drawn to areas in the body that have been affected by past events, such as old accidents and injuries. The body may have learned to compensate for a traumatic event or injury and the patient may be unaware that there is anything wrong, but the effects may still be present and relevant to current symptoms.
Diagnosis and treatment are intimately linked as the osteopath works to activate the innate ability of the body to heal itself, and by offering gentle and specific support where it is needed to bring the tissues into a state of balance and release, to restore it to health.
Cranial osteopathy is a gentle, safe and effective approach to treatment of a wide range of problems in the whole body. The technique is most commonly used with babies and small children, however it can be beneficial at any age and for many different problems.
For a greater understanding of cranial osteopathy and its benefits please visit the Sutherland Cranial College website: www.sutherlandcranialcollege.co.uk.
Any concerns you have regarding a baby or small child’s health should always be discussed with your midwife, health visitor or GP.