Cranial osteopathy is a gentle and safe approach to treating mechanical strains in the whole body, not just the head as the name implies. Cranial osteopaths simply recognise the importance of the structures within the head and their influence on the whole body.
A cranial osteopath uses their hands to feel (and listen) to circulatory flows and any tensions within the body, however slight. These irregularities are treated in a gentle manner, with very specific and subtle movements, which patients find very calming and relaxing. The aim is for optimal circulation to be restored, waste products removed, pain to reduce and healing to occur. The patient may experience a physical unwinding, encouraging and allowing injuries to let go. Often the body will hold onto trauma and conditions become difficult to treat, cranial osteopathy encourages the body to heal itself, which of course it is designed to do.
Common conditions treated:
- Back, Neck, Shoulder Pain
- Structural Imbalances
- Pregnancy and childbirth issues
- Babies and Infants – Paediatric Osteopathy (link to Paediatric Ost)
- Good results are seen with issues such as high blood pressure,
When a baby is born it is subjected to enormous forces and strains as the uterus contracts against the resistance of the birth canal to push the baby out. Even if your baby is born by C-Section, it’s a bit like being pulled through a letterbox.
The baby’s head has the ability to mould and change at birth to aid normal labour. After birth any distortions should resolve naturally. This said, if labour is difficult or intervention was used, these distortions and strains might not resolve and this may cause the baby to be physically uncomfortable, have digestive or feeding problems.
Cranial osteopathy aims to help resolve these strains and stresses using very gentle and safe manipulations that can be applied to the whole body, not just your baby’s head. Usually, the baby finds the process relaxing and will fall asleep.
NB Our cranial Osteopath, Olivia Unwin, is currently on maternity leave