What is cranial osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy is a gentle form of treatment. It can be used to treat people of all ages, but is particularly suited to treating babies and children.
Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a subtle, whole-body motion that is present within all tissues. This subtle movement is called the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM), or cranial mechanism.
The emphasis of a cranial osteopathic treatment is on the whole body, rather than on all the separate parts that make up our bodies. We consider that optimal health will occur when the whole body is in balance and functioning as one unit.
Throughout life we experience a range of stresses, including physical, traumatic, emotional and nutritional stress. Although your body works hard to resolve such stress, a lasting strain pattern often remains. As the layers of strain accumulate throughout life, they may begin to disrupt the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM), reducing the flexibility of muscles, ligaments and joints, affecting your ability to adapt to further stresses and predisposing you to injury.
A cranial osteopath is trained to diagnose any strains that are preventing the expression of optimal health. They will gently help your body’s natural self-healing mechanism to release any unwelcome strains, enabling a state of health and balance to be restored. This process can be deeply relaxing and we encourage our patients to take this opportunity to rest and unwind during treatment.
Training of a cranial osteopath
All osteopaths complete five years of full-time university training. This training covers osteopathic philosophy and technique, anatomy, physiology, pathology and general medical and orthopaedic diagnosis.
After graduating from university, a cranial osteopath will complete various courses in the area of ‘osteopathy in the cranial field’ or ‘biodynamics in the cranial field’ to give them the skills to diagnose and treat using cranial osteopathy.
What can a cranial osteopath treat?
Cranial osteopaths treat muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and the nervous and circulatory systems to facilitate change. Our osteopaths have observed that cranial osteopathy can assists in the treatment of the following:
- Neck and Back pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Pregnancy related complaints
- Sciatica and leg pain
- Shoulder pain
- Work Injuries
- Hip pain
- Sport Injuries
- Joint and muscle pain
- TMJ/ Jaw Pain