Osteopathy has been described as ‘anatomy with handholds’ and cranial osteopathy is no different. We palpate the quiet rhythms and subtle movements and tensions of the body, but we are still working with the anatomy. We believe that Cranial osteopathy can provide a gentle, effective way of unravelling some of the deepest, most ingrained strain patterns, leaving the body freer and more resilient in the future.
Cranial Osteopathy is based on the principle that throughout life, the tissues and organs of the body are in constant movement. This movement has a quiet, rhythmic pattern and is tidal in character. All watery bodies (and our tissues hold a great deal of water) are subject to tidal movement and it appears that this is amplified within living organisms. The mechanism behind this is not known, but injuries and strains alter this rhythmic movement and set up patterns that cranial osteopaths follow and interpret in treatment. Birth trauma is a very common cause of problems, as are traffic accidents, falls, emotional stress and many other factors.
Why is it called ‘Cranial’ osteopathy?
We feel this tidal movement (which we call ‘the Involuntary Mechanism’) anywhere the body. It can be felt in the head, the sacrum or the little finger. It is called ‘cranial’ because the movement was first observed between the bones of the skull. The cranium remains an area of particular interest, however, because it is so complex and because problems here, such as birth trauma, a blow to the head or the effect of some dental treatment, have such far-reaching effects.
What conditions do cranial osteopaths treat?
In general, we treat all conditions that we could treat in the traditional, structural way. Some of the conditions in which cranial osteopathy may have something extra to offer are:
- Birth trauma
- Childhood and developmental problems
- Headache and migraine
- Jaw-related problems
- Dental trauma
- Stress, depression and fatigue
People come to us with many other conditions. However, we practice complementary, not alternative, medicine and when you have a medical condition we ask you to consult your doctor.