What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Originating from the work of US Osteopath Dr William Sutherland, Cranial Osteopathy is one of the techniques used in the practice of osteopathy. Cranial Osteopathy can broadly be described as a subtle type of osteopathic treatment, which focuses on the connective tissues of the body including ligaments and fascia. Despite it’s name Cranial technique can be applied to any area of the body.

Osteopathic Cranial Manipulation

Cranial Osteopathic treatment is a practice of delicately subtle movements where the osteopath will attempt to find a position of ease to relax areas of tension through the body.

Cranial Osteopathy is very gentle and therefore there is minimal risk of adverse outcomes.

Cranial Osteopathy Treatment

Cranial osteopathy is used as a treatment for a great range of symptoms in adults, pregnant ladies, children and infants.

Cranial technique can be used to treat:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Back and Neck pain
  • Sports Injuries

Cranial Osteopathy for Infants

Cranial Osteopathy for infants is a gentle procedure where the osteopathic practitioner helps to relieve areas of  tension that may be affecting a babies movement patterns. The most common example of this is a positional head turn or torticollis where the movement of an infants neck may be affected.

This may cause attachment issues whilst feeding due to poor positioning. In the longer term this may present as a flattening of the skull, due to the favouring of lying on one side all the time.

Cranial Osteopathy for Children

Older children may complain of symptoms due to poor posture or sporting injuries. As a child’s skeleton is still growing, very active children can experience pain relating to increased muscle tension.

Symptoms that can be treated in older children are:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Poor posture
  • Sporting injuries

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