Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and can be used to treat a wide range of conditions and people of all ages, from birth to old age. Osteopaths may have different specialties including sports injuries, paediatrics, and visceral osteopathy (treating the internal organs). Cranial osteopathy embraces all of these.
Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle shape change that is present in all body tissues. Osteopaths call this shape change Involuntary Motion because it is happening by itself. The movement is of very small amplitude, therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. Tension in the body can disrupt the rhythmical motion expressed in the body tissues. Osteopaths assess what the shape change rhythm of the patient’s body is like, compared to what they consider ideal. This shows us what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of past injury. It also gives us an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired.