Cranial osteopathy is a very safe and gentle treatment approach and is suitable for most people, including the very young. It does not involve invasive techniques and can be used alone or as part of a structural approach.
Cranial osteopaths believe that each of us has a very small rhythmical motion in all of our tissues that is called ‘The Involuntary Mechanism’.
When the body tissues are placed under stress or trauma, the rhythm becomes disrupted. These disruptions may occur over many years and the person concerned may develop various methods of compensation. However sometimes these adaptations and compensations break down, and symptoms may start - often with little apparent cause.
Cranial osteopathy can be used both for adults and children. It is a holistic form of healing, as the problems generated by one area of the body will have an impact over other areas of the body. Hence it is important to find the root cause and treat that and not just the symptoms.
What Happens During Treatment?
As with conventional osteopathic treatment a full case history will be taken, including past medical conditions, previous injuries and illnesses, as-well as the current problems.
More information is better than less, hence we ask people to think about this side of their history prior to attending for their first session. Generally an examination will include assessing the body framework, so it is often necessary to get partially undressed. However if you are uncomfortable with this please speak to your practitioner so that you can agree on a way forward.
There are a wide range of treatment methods available to the cranial osteopath and the practitioner will work with the patient to find the most appropriate. Cranial treatment is very gentle and usually involves you lying down while the osteopath holds different parts of your body. The examination and treatment will often start with the osteopath holding your head.
Osteopaths who practice these cranial techniques use their highly developed sense of palpation (feeling) to detect and assess changes. Very gentle pressure to the affected areas then releases the disruption patterns that have developed.
The patient may experience some pressure or warmth and will usually feel the tension reduce. Treatment is very gentle and often relaxing. Following cranial treatments patients may find that there is a general increase in well-being as other minor ailments benefit from having less tension in the body.