Cranial osteopathy – sometimes known as cranio-sacral technique – is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body. Osteopaths undertake training in this specialist discipline at postgraduate level.
Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel and interpret a very delicate, rhythmic shape-change that exists in all body tissues. This ‘Involuntary Motion’ or ‘Cranial Rhythm,’ comes about due to the particular movement of cerebrospinal fluid bathing the spinal cord and the pull of the soft tissue connections on the cranial bones. Tension in the body, resulting from stress, strain or injury, disrupts this cranial rhythm.
Cranial osteopathy is particularly suited to treating babies and small children, pregnant women, the elderly and those in poor health, but patients of all ages and states of health can benefit from this very gentle technique.
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