Cranial Osteopathy is a subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses extremely gentle techniques to release strain patterns and tensions throughout the body. It is called ‘cranial’ because treatment often involves gentle pressure on the head, although other parts of the body such as the spine and tailbone can also be involved in treatment.
During treatment, the Osteopath is feeling for a subtle rhythmical shape change that is present in all living body tissues called ‘involuntary motion’. The Osteopath feels for any disruption in its normal movement pattern and maybe drawn to focus on areas that have been affected by past events. Disruption can occur following trauma or impact such as a difficult birth, road accidents, falls and head injuries. Usually the body is able to compensate for such events, but sometimes an accumulation of several strains and stresses can disrupt normal involuntary motion, and symptoms start to show.
Cranial Osteopathy is suitable for all ages and conditions. As it is extremely gently treatment it is even suitable for newborn babies and the very elderly. It will normally be used in conjunction with other osteopathic techniques during the treatment process.