What is cranial osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy is the delicate practice of ‘reading’ the body for areas of tension, stresses, and general sources of discomfort. With sensitive touch and technique, the osteopath is able to guide their hands along what can be thought of as fault lines in the muscular tissue, tracing them to sources of dysfunction.
Cranial osteopathy is a variant of the more traditional, structural osteopathy. It is not limited to the head (or cranium) as the name suggests, but it does have a greater focus on the head, neck, and spine. Cranial osteopathy is a gentle, effective, peaceful remedy to a wide range of problems that can upset the body.
How does cranial osteopathy work?
Osteopathic treatment as a whole is a branch of medicine that seeks to treat disorders through the manipulation and massage of the skeleton, muscles, connective tissues, and ligaments. Cranial osteopathy expands on this, working the whole body but also concentrating on the structures and the twenty-two bones that comprise the skull.
The emotional and physical challenges of life can send the body into a defensive “shock”. This shock manifests as a “tightening” in the musculature and the tissue, which can cause aches and pains all over the body that worsen over time.
There is also what is known as “involuntary motion”. Although this is entirely natural quirk of the human body, it can disrupt the fluidity that connects the body together.
How can cranial osteopathy help me?
The hands of a cranial osteopath are like fine tuned instruments. They search the body for the natural rhythms of involuntary motion, seeking re-balance, pain relief, and release from points of stress-induced tension.
As a result, cranial osteopathy is generally softer in practice than traditional osteopathy. The preference for cranial osteopathy over traditional osteopathy is often down to a matter of taste, but the gentler approaches of cranial osteopathy have made it popular and well suited for treating babies and children.
But cranial osteopathy remains popular with adults of all ages as well. It has been shown to lessen the effects of and even prevent some chronic or developing conditions, including:
The aim of the cranial osteopath and of osteopathy in general, is to use learned touch, stretch, and massaging techniques to positively affect the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems and restore the body to its former health and wellbeing. Other symptoms that clients can expect to see reduced include back and neck pain, digestive issues, and sleeping difficulties.
Bodytonic clinic provide free consultations to determine the best treatment for each individual customer. If you feel cranial osteopathy is right for you and would like to make an appointment with one of our osteopaths, please visit our contact page here.
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