Cranial Osteopathy is a subtle form of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body. It is called 'cranial' because treatment often involves the head, although other parts of the body such as the spine and tailbone can also be involved.
A cranial osteopath can feel the very small fluctuations of movement within the body called involuntary motion. To the osteopath, this feels like a gentle expansion and contraction of all the tissues, occurring 7 – 14 times a minute. This involuntary motion can be easily disturbed by any form of trauma, such as a chronic stress, a car accident, knocks and falls and general illness. Gradually the body may accumulate these strains to the point that symptoms start to show.
We incorporate cranial osteopathic treatment for a variety of problems including head and face pain, stressed shoulders, fatigue and general ill health. It is also effective for orofacial conditions such for muscular repatterning and disturbed sleep patterns.