Cranial osteopathy (sometimes known as Craniosacral osteopathy) is a treatment approach which is very gentle and suitable for everyone. In particular it is used during pregnancy, for new mothers, newborns, babies and young children. It is ideal for the elderly or others in a delicate state for whom the more physical approach of structural osteopathy may be unsuitable. Treatment is so gentle that you may not even be aware of what is happening. You may sense a pressure or just the contact of the practitioner’s hands. Treatment is usually focused on the head but may extend to the sacrum and pelvis or other parts of the body. Most patients find treatment relaxing and soothing, babies will often fall asleep – but not always!
While it can be highly effective at relieving symptoms, cranial osteopathy aims to treat the whole person, not the specific condition, working towards better overall health.
Patients will usually be asked to simply lie still during treatment. If you are thinking of bringing an active child or a wriggling baby and wonder how on earth you are going to get them to stay still for a minute, let alone half an hour, don’t panic! Treatment can be performed in shorter stints and adapted to accommodate the patients’ individual needs. Indeed we relish the challenge of treating the more active or uncooperative small patient!
Please telephone if you want to discuss the suitability of cranial osteopathy for treatment of your condition or that of your child.
Training & Professional Regulation
While the basics of cranial osteopathy are taught to all trainee osteopaths, formal training occurs as a post-graduate qualification or as part of the Masters degree programme. For information about Osteopathy training and professional regulation please refer to the Osteopathy further information page.
Links to other useful sites
The General Osteopathic Council – The regulatory body for the osteopathic profession
Institute of Osteopathy – the association of osteopaths, for osteopaths
The Sutherland Society – The UK Organisation for Cranial Osteopathy