What is Cranial Osteopathy Used For?
Reducing stress and pain and to promote well-being. Cranial Osteopathy can help with a wide range of conditions including migraines and spinal conditions for which other osteopathic techniques may not be suitable. After experiencing physical or emotional stress it is common for our body tissues to tighten up. Although our bodies are generally able to adapt to stress at the time, prolonged stresses or strain can remain. This remaining tension can accumulate and be held in the body which can restrict its free movement and then symptoms develop. The Osteopath works with your body to activate the innate ability of the body to heal itself by removing restrictions and provide support to bring the tissues back into a state of balance. Cranial osteopathy is a treatment which is suitable for infants, adults and the elderly.
What Does a Cranial Osteopath Do?
Cranial Osteopathy is applied mainly on the tissues of the head however can also be used on different parts of your body directly. Cranial works on the principles that non-invasive, gentle manipulation of joints and tissues can promote overall physical well-being. When arriving at our clinic we will go through a case history to understand your current symptoms and medical history. The Osteopath will be interested in injuries that happened a long time ago; even birth trauma as this could have an effect with your presentation. After that the Osteopath will examine your active movements, provide a diagnosis and then go ahead with treatment with your consent. Although cranial techniques are very gentle patients can experience great benefits following treatments.
What is Cranial Osteopathy for Adults?
A deeply relaxing experience which can bring great benefits. Although overall mobility in the limbs, spine and head (cranium) starts to reduce in adulthood there is still gaps between the cranial bones (sutures) that Osteopaths believe they can influence to balance tensions. For example following a head injury it is common to experience headaches so cranial treatment can be of great benefit. During a treatment some clients are aware of different sensations, such as mild tensions, aching or sensitivity that gradually disappear, or of feelings of warmth and relaxation. Other people are not aware of anything happening during the treatment but do feel differently following a treatment. The majority feel deeply relaxed during treatment and it is not uncommon for people to fall asleep.
What to Expect After Seeing a Cranial Osteopath?
It is common that adults feel a little light headed, more sleepy and relaxed after treatment but then feel better. The Osteopath will try to give some idea of how many treatments are necessary depending on your presentation. This will be reviewed each treatment depending on your progress as part of your treatment plan.