Cranial osteopathy is a specific type of gentle osteopathic treatment which focuses on releasing the stresses and strains throughout the body with the aim of restoring balance throughout the body. As cranial treatment is very gentle it is suitable for all ages.
Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel very subtle rhythmical changes present in all body tissues and is known to cranial osteopaths as the involuntary motion or cranial rhythm. Any tensions can disrupt this rhythm and cause physical symptoms. Practitioners develop a fine sense of this movement and use this to address the issues and restore a more ideal balance.
The practice of cranial osteopathy builds upon the work of one of the original osteopaths William G. Surtherland in the early 1900’s and the existence of this rhythm has since been confirmed by scientific tests in the 1960’s and 70’s.
For more information on cranial osteopathy please visit the Sutherland Cranial Collage website
Osteopathy is a non-invasive, hands-on therapy. Through touch, massage, manipulation and stretching techniques, an osteopath can diagnose and treat people with musculo-skeletal problems.
The demands of a modern lifestyle place various stresses and strains on the muscles and joints which can cause the body to malfunction causing pain, stiffness and other symptoms. Sometimes adjustments to the way you work or use your body on a day to day basis can help to reduce pain, your osteopath will be able to give you advice on how to look at facilitating these changes and integrating into your life.
Osteopathy is very effective in relieving pain and other symptoms which have a musculo-skeletal origin, which can include muscle, bone, ligament and connective tissues such as cartilage and tendons.
To an osteopath, the body functions as a complete working system, so any problems affecting its structure upset the balance of our general health. For this reason, an osteopath will not only want to ease pain and stiffness, but also investigate what is causing that pain, which could be anything from physical injury to emotional anxiety.