Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy is the name of a technique used by Osteopaths for a special kind of treatment which involves  very gentle and subtle pressure on areas of the body to release unresolved strain/tension in the muscular and skeletal systems. Cranial Osteopathy can be suitable for many conditions such as dizziness and headaches in adults fo any age, but is particularly effective when treating babies and small children.

Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm. The movement is of very small amplitude; therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. Practitioners compare what your rhythm is doing to what they consider ideal. This shows them what stresses and strains your body is under at the present time, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of its past history. It also gives them an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired. When we experience physical or emotional stresses our body tissues tend to tighten up. The body may have been able to adapt to these effects at the time of stress, but a lasting strain often remains. Any tensions which remain held in the body can restrict its free movement. Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with accumulated stresses and symptoms may develop.

Cranial Osteopathy is for everyone but is most commonly used in the treatment of babies and children. The birth process is probably the most traumatic even tthat a person ever goes through. The baby is subject to enormous forces as the womb contracts to deliver the baby against the natural resistance of the birth canal. As a result many babies are born with an alteration to their head shape, especially if there has been forceps or ventouse intervention to aid delivery. It is no wonder, therefore, that birth can cause stresses and strains that can manifest themselves in a whole variety of symptoms. This type of treatment by an osteopath trained in cranial techniques alongside advice, can be helpful in management and  conditions such as: sickness and wind, sleep pattern disturbances, feeding difficulties, glue ear, recurrent infections, and growing pains.

A post-natal osteopathic check is a way to alleviate the stresses of birth. Post-natal checks are also recommended for the mum.

As children grow older, the body frame undergoes a number of changes. Not only do the bones and muscles of the body grow and adapt, but so do the bones of the head and face. Growing pains may result from a very rapid growth spurt or increased sporting activity. By treating the problems associated with growth it is possible to help children become & stay fit and healthy.