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What is Cranial Osteopathy
Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle form of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of tension and stress throughout the whole of the body, including the head.
How does Cranial Osteopathy work?
Cranial Osteopaths are fully qualified Osteopaths who have completed a Cranial Osteopathy course.
Cranial Osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change, called Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm, that is present in all body tissues. The rhythm was first described in the early 1900's by Dr. William G. Sutherland and confirmed in laboratory tests carried out in the 1960's and 1970's.
Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. A cranial osteopath compares what your rhythm is doing to what they consider the ideal. It shows them what stresses and strains your body is under at present, plus what tensions it may be carrying as a result of your body's past history. It also gives them an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is tired, healthy or perhaps stressed.
Accumulated strain and stress in the body tightens up our body tissues. Over time the body may have adapted to these effects which in turn will restrict its free movement. More and more stress and strain accumulation may lead to symptoms developing.
What does Cranial Osteopathy treatment involve?
The first appointment is usually up to an hour.
After detailing symptoms, the cranial osteopath will observe the physical movement of the client and then use gentle movements on the body to help release the tension while the client is seated on lying on a treatment couch.
The number of sessions depends on the problem that is needed to be resolved.
What can Cranial Osteopathy help?
A wide variety of problems including migraines, headaches, especially effective for babies and children, particularly sleep problems and colic.