Cranial osteopathy is a non-invasive form of osteopathic treatment developed around the subtle changes in your body’s tissues. It is the study of the cranium, central nervous system and cerebrospinal fluid and their relationship to the broader body systems.
This style of treatment is often used on babies and children as more direct manipulation is not recommended under twelve years of age. It is also used on adults, especially if they are in acute pain and cannot tolerate other, more vigorous techniques or have very chronic issues that have not resolved well. We also use cranial techniques where pre-existing medical conditions or personal preference rule out manipulative techniques such as having your back “cracked”.
There are two types of technique categories in osteopathy, direct and indirect. An example of a direct technique is when you stretch a tight muscle and try to make it move into its restricted position. Cranial osteopathy involves the opposite, indirect movement. In cranial osteopathy we take the body tissues into ease of movement, or its “happy place.” This is thought to allow better blood flow to the area and the body is better able to release the tissues.
Cranial osteopathy is applied to the head; however there are applications, known more specifically as balanced tissue tension techniques, for all parts of the body, making the name somewhat misleading. The subtle balancing of tissue tensions, which are the aim of cranial osteopathy may be used in many situations. Patients frequently consult cranial osteopaths for head trauma, chronic pain, vertigo, musculoskeletal pain and injuries and issues like headaches, migraines and back or neck pain.Read More