Cranial Osteopathy can help a wide variety of problems as it can be used to improve drainage and circulation around the head by releasing tension, which will allow the body’s natural healing ability to function to its optimum level. Usually a deep feeling of relaxation is experienced during cranial osteopathy along with a feeling of wellbeing. Sometimes patients will experience an emotional release during treatment. As with all tension that we hold in our bodies, often unconsciously, we have stored stresses and strains that we have held onto. When a strong emotion is experienced, this is a sign that these tensions are surfacing and releasing, allowing us to move forwards with greater ease.
Cranial Osteopathy or cranio-sacral osteopathy is not just applied to the head and sacrum at the base of the spine but can be applied to any part of the body. Minor changes in the functional mobility of the soft tissues and bones are palpated and a motion demand is placed upon the tissue to allow the body to become more aware that there is some tension or holding in this region. Cranial osteopathy is thought to work through the primary respiratory mechanism – a breathing movement in the body, which corresponds with the movement of cerebro-spinal fluid, which bathes the brain and spinal cord. A gentle expansion and contraction movement can be felt by very light palpation of the tissues and structures throughout the body. When there is a loss of movement due to a build up of tension, gentle holding is used to facilitate the return of this movement. As movement is essential to life and wellbeing this can help guide the body back to improved health and wellbeing.
Cranial osteopathy can be used with anyone , of any age and is especially helpful for babies, children, elderly or anyone in a chronic state of health who would not benefit as much from very physical treatment.
Cranial osteopathic techniques applied to the whole body along with very gentle articulation and oscillatory movement to the spine, and gentle visceral techniques, applied to the abdomen, can be incredibly helpful in the treatment of babies and young children. As the vagus nerve exits from the base of the skull supplying the heart, lungs, stomach and most of the intestines it is more vulnerable to irritation from the compression of birth or from excessive traction when forceps or ventousse deliveries are required. It is a good idea for all babies and young children to have a spinal health check up as this could help to maximise their health potential by releasing the tension due to stress of a complicated or fast delivery. Osteopathy has also been shown to be possibly effective in treating infantile colic. Hayden (2006) (3).
Osteopaths use techniques to improve circulation and drainage for the whole body and head. Here is a short video for your information. If you would like any advice or support please feel free to contact us.