Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle form of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.
Cranial osteopaths use a highly developed sense of touch to feel subtle changes of tension and tissue quality in the body, and to diagnose areas of strain or dysfunction.
The osteopath is often drawn to areas in the body that have been affected by past events, such as old accidents and injuries, or periods of stress and tension. The body may have learned to compensate following these events, and the effects may be causing current symptoms.
Diagnosis and treatment are intimately linked as the osteopath offers gentle and specific support to bring the tissues back to a state of balance and release, helping to restore health.
While it can be highly effective at relieving symptoms, cranial osteopathy aims to treat the whole person not just the condition, so a very wide range of situations may benefit from treatment. Cranial osteopathy is widely known for the treatment of babies but, is equally effective for children, adults and the elderly.