It’s essentially a hands-on treatment that involves the brain and bones of the cranium.
Cranial osteopathy is a gentle and subtle form of osteopathic treatment that uses soft manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, especially the head and sacrum
“The brain governs body chemistry. Alterations to that function influence all aspects of health,” explains Dr. Pelkey. “A cranial osteopath is trained to diagnose subtle rhythmic motion that’s present in the head and brain, and apply gentle contact in precise locations to create balance”. This, in turn, may lead to improved wellness throughout the body.
For example, cranial osteopathy may help babies overcome lingering side effects of delivery. Even the smoothest of births can be very traumatic for the baby. The baby can have an extension through its neck as it works its way out, putting pressure at the base of the skull. Cranial osteopathy may help relieve this tension in cranial bones and tissues.
What’s more, the treatment may help feeding issues that can negatively affect growth and nutrition. The nerves that affect feeding, swallowing and digestion are located in the area where the head meets the neck. These bones in an infant are soft and pliable, ideal for passing through the birth canal, and they can be stressed during the birth process.
Gentle manipulation in this area, by a qualified practitioner, may help to regulate infant feeding, swallowing, digestion—as well as improve the symptoms of colic.
It’s important to note that there is limited scientific evidence for cranial osteopathy. However, supporters - including many of our own parents - swear by the benefits.
Cranial osteopathy can be used to treat a variety of conditions throughout an adult’s body. Our Osteopath will look into your medical history and events that may cause the condition and affect the function of your body before offering Cranial Osteopathy as part of a treatment plan.
If you'd like to know more or to find out if it could help improve symptoms in your baby or yourself, speak to us today.
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