Cranial Osteopathy is an approach that can be used inside the osteopathic practice to address a patient’s needs. Cranial Osteopathy works on the musculoskeletal system of the body, and not just the head, as the name implies. It consists of a gentle type of treatment and is an alternative to physical manipulation, stretching and massage techniques used in osteopathy.
Areas we cover are: Canada Water, near Deptford SE8 & Canary Wharf E14, Bermondsey, Surrey Quays, Rotherhithe, Wapping & Stratford E15, near Olympic Village E20
What should I expect during my first Cranial Osteopathic session?
During your first session, your Cranial Osteopath will briefly talk to you about your concerns and reasons for coming for a Cranial Osteopathy session. Your osteopath will then briefly ask you some general health and medical questions. This is so that the osteopath has a full overview of you and your health. You will then briefly discuss what your aims and goals of the treatment are and what you would like to get out of the sessions.
The treatment will most likely begin with you lying down on the treatment couch. The osteopath will start by applying gentle pressure to your head and other areas of your body such as your sacrum, abdomen, ankles, spine and hands. Cranial osteopathy uses gentle, soft, and non-manipulative techniques, which may promote relaxation.
You may find that your osteopath treats areas of the body that are not the area of complaint, or the area that is causing you pain. This is because in cranial osteopathy and osteopathy in general, treatment is based on the principle that the structure and the function of the body are related. Therefore if the structure is not balanced then the function will be affected. For instance, take an injury of a sprained ankle as an example, this can go on to cause a limp due to the pain and stiffness experienced as a consequence of the injury. This can then lead to compensations within the rest of the body as a result of the limp. Therefore your osteopath will treat the many different areas of the body that have been affected by the compensations.
Is Cranial Osteopathy safe?
Cranial osteopathy is generally considered a safe treatment. You may experience minor side effects such as mild soreness in the areas treated and general fatigue or tiredness, this is usual for any type of manual, hands-on therapy. These minor side effects usually resolve within 24 to 48 hours after treatment.
Who can have Cranial Osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy is designed for all age groups, from babies and children to adults and the elderly. The gentle movements used within the treatment are ideal for those wanting a more relaxing and subtle treatment.
Cranial osteopathy is suitable for children at all stages of development. Here at bodytonic clinic, we have specialised fully qualified paediatric osteopaths who will assess your child to see what type of treatment is most suitable. Cranial osteopathy is often used on babies as babies’ skeletons are softer than adults and therefore a gentle more subtle treatment is required.
The gentle manipulation techniques used during cranial osteopathy could help relax and soothe your baby. If desired our paediatric osteopaths can also work alongside lactation consultants to help give postural advice related to breastfeeding.