Cranial Osteopathy: Everything You Need To Know
Cranial osteopathy is a sought-after speciality within osteopathy, and is particularly useful for treating babies and children. It can help with a wide range of conditions. Here is everything you need to know about this gentle treatment.
What Is Cranial Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a hands-on therapy, where healing is encouraged through stretching, massaging and manipulating joints. Cranial osteopathy uses manual therapy on the skull, gently massaging and releasing stress and tension in the body. Because it is so soft, it is an excellent treatment for children – particularly those who had a difficult birth.
How Does Cranial Osteopathy Work?
With cranial osteopathy, massaging of the skull helps with problems throughout the body. This is because osteopaths are able to feel a subtle rhythmic movement that is present in the body, known as the ‘Cranial Rhythm’ (or involuntary motion).
The skull is made up of 22 bones which are joined in such a way that the skull can change shape to accommodate fluids moving inside the head. Osteopaths use touch to understand the rhythm, and correct it if there are blockages. This relieves problems in seemingly unrelated areas of the body.
What Can It Treat?
Cranial osteopathy treats a wide range of conditions, such as:
- Headaches – unsurprisingly, cranial osteopathy is extremely good at treating headaches, often curing them in as little as one session.
- Poor sleep – both adults and children benefit from higher quality sleep after cranial osteopathy sessions, and this leads to greater overall wellbeing.
- Anxiety and stress – babies are often reported as being less unsettled after therapy, and adults can also see a marked decrease in levels of anxiety and stress.
- Tension – experiencing stress over a long period of time builds tension in your tissue and, over time, this can cause disease and injury. Cranial osteotherapy reduces and eases this tension, allowing your body to heal.
What Training Is Required?
Osteopaths are highly skilled medical professionals. They require a Bachelor’s or Masters of Science degree, with courses typically lasting four or five years. The courses involve a combination of academic, research and over 1,000 hours of hands-on patient training. Once trained, an osteopath must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practice in the UK.
When To Book An Appointment
Osteopathy is a valuable treatment which can help to ease pain and heal the body without the need for invasive surgery or medication. Cranial osteopathy is gentle, with no pain and can be extremely beneficial. If your osteopath notices conditions or symptoms that they are unable to help with, they are trained to direct you to another medical professional. You can find out what to expect from your appointment here.
At Northwich Foot Clinic, our team are highly skilled and passionate about providing quality care. We regularly treat people of all ages, from babies to the elderly, and we would be delighted to help you too. To find out more about our osteopathy services, contact us today.