What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle form of Osteopathic treatment. It’s called cranial Osteopathy due to the fact that the techniques used are very often applied on the cranium bones (bones of the head) but some techniques can also be used in different areas of the body like the spine or the tailbone (Sacrum).

Why Cranial Osteopathy?

Osteopaths use cranial Osteopathy to gently release tensions and restrictions in the body which are generally caused by either trauma, repetitive strains, difficult birth, falls or even general illnesses. The body is design to be able to cope with many traumatic events in life but sometimes some strains and stresses accumulates and the body needs a little bit of assistance. This is when cranial techniques comes in.

What can Osteopaths feel?

Cranial Osteopaths can feel very subtle fluctuation of movements which are called involuntary movements. Those movements can be easily disturbed by traumatic events or strains and stresses. Osteopaths are trained to pick up on those imbalances in movements and use cranial techniques to ease any tensions and correct any forms of restrictions.

Who can benefit from Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is available for any ages from newborns to the elderly.

Most commonly Osteopaths use cranial techniques in newborns and babies following birth. It could be a case of treatment following a traumatic birth (c section, ventouse, forceps, too quick/too slow delivery...) causing sleeping difficulties, gut irritability (colicky and reflux symptoms), difficulties latching on, unsettled babies... but can also just be to check everything is ok and to recover from the birth process which in itself is a traumatic event for the little ones.

In adults, cranial Osteopathy is used to ease strains and tensions that can be linked with migraines, headaches, stress, anxiety, illnesses, accidents...