So what is it?
Cranial osteopathy is the art of listening to what’s known as the “involuntary motion” or “cranial rhythm” – a subtle, fluid, shape change found in all body tissues. An osteopath uses their highly developed sense of palpation to detect stress and strain patterns within the cranial rhythm. These patterns can be a result of an injury or a trauma. The key principle during treatment is to listen to the involuntary motion and allow the patient’s body to make the changes required from within, without the osteopath enforcing an external remedy for treatment.
The gentle and subtle nature of cranial osteopathic treatment means multiple patients may benefit from it – from young babies, to expectant mothers, to the elderly. It may be effective in the management of certain conditions including, migraines and headaches, digestive disorders, menstrual pain, depression and lethargy.