Cranial osteopaths use a highly refined and sensitive touch to detect subtle changes in the tissue quality, tension and movement of various parts of the body. Disturbances in these can often indicate areas and patterns of dysfunction which can, in turn, lead to symptoms.
Cranial osteopathy is safe, gentle and non-manipulative. Plus, since it is another osteopathic technique, rather than a standalone treatment, it can be used on any part of the body. This is particularly useful since problems in one area can often be linked to patterns which originate further afield.
Its name stems from the cranium, or skull, which is where most – but not all – this technique can be applied. It often has a calming and relaxing effect on patients, with many feeling sleepy during or after treatment.
Osteopaths trained in cranial osteopathy can help:
- Pregnant mothers suffering from restrictions or pains in the pelvis, lower back or hip area
- New mums recovering post birth
- New-borns, infants and toddlers
- Children and adolescents
Paediatric osteopathy is the treatment of choice for babies and neonates because of its gentle but powerful application, since babies’ skeletons are generally softer and more responsive than that of an adult. The contact can be as light as a simple touch through to a firmer contact and, therefore, it can be adapted and beneficial where other techniques would be overly uncomfortable.
In babies, the treatment can gently soothe and relax them, making it suitable at all stages of your child’s development. During an initial consultation with us, our osteopaths will assess both you and your child, offering detailed advice on any patterns or issues that may be contributing to specific symptoms or difficulties.
For example, a woman’s body can change a lot during pregnancy – whether it be through the softening of ligaments, an increased weight or a change in posture. These changes can, in turn, lead to additional pressure on joints in various parts of the body, including the spine or pelvis. As such, our osteopaths can relieve the stress in these areas, promoting a true sense of wellbeing and relaxation.
Our osteopaths can advise on whether a specific issue may benefit from osteopathic intervention or simply outline what you can do to relieve the stress. To speak to a member of our team, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We will provide you with a free, no obligation chat and answer as many questions or queries you may have.
Who typically uses cranial osteopathy?
While cranial osteopathy is suitable for anyone at any age, our osteopaths typically work with moths both before and after pregnancy to help with a wide range of issues. From relieving pains in the pelvis, lower back or hip area to helping new mums recover post-birth, our osteopaths can also work with the new-borns themselves, easing any issues they may have.
What does cranial osteopathy feel like?
The answer to this question really depends on you but, generally speaking, cranial osteopathic treatment is a very gentle and relaxing process. During the treatment, you will likely become aware of several different sensations, including mild tension, aching or a sudden sensitivity that will gradually become replaced by a feeling of warmth and relaxation. However, sometimes people don’t feel anything at all during the treatment process itself but are aware they feel different once it’s finished.
Is cranial osteopathy supported by science?
While cranial osteopathy may be difficult to ‘prove’ in the conventional research-based sense, the modern scientific understanding of physiology concerning the electromagnetics of the human body has increasingly supported the theory behind cranial osteopathy.
How am I likely to feel once the treatment has finished?
Generally speaking, patients finish their treatments feeling better and a lot more relaxed. However, it is fairly common to experience a little sore in places for a period of up to 36 hours – a similar experience to the one you feel after exercising. Some patients can also feel tired after treatment, while others feel energised, so it really depends on you and how you’ve interacted with the treatment process.
Do I need to be referred by a GP?
No, not necessarily. Typically, many of our patients ‘self-refer’ to us for treatment, while keeping their GP fully informed. This helps to not only ensure your medical records are kept as current and complete as possible but also make sure you receive the best care from both us and them. Plus, since our osteopaths are so skilled in diagnostic techniques, they are trained to identify when a patient should be referred to a GP.
How many treatments will I need to have?
This is a difficult question to answer before we see you, so it’s important to set up an initial consultation with us. Depending on your personal circumstances – your condition, your age and your general health – this will affect the advice and treatment plans our osteopaths can provide. Generally speaking though, a standard course of treatment is between approximately three and six appointments. Following this treatment plans, check-ups will then be advised at regular intervals to ensure you are feeling better.
Can you have cranial osteopathy if you’re pregnant?
Absolutely! In fact, if you understandably don’t want to take drugs for pain at this time, cranial osteopathy could offer the ideal alternative approach. While there may be some treatment methods which will need to be reserved for a later date, cranial osteopathy is a safe form of treatment to have at any stage during your pregnancy.
My mother had Bell’s Palsy and the osteopath helped to relax and reassure her. The face is more normal now and she tells me she loves the feeling of wellness she experiences with treatment.
Jacob was born by c-section and never seemed to settle. He would cry every time he was fed or laid on his back. The osteopath explained in very simple terms, what seemed to be happening and treated Jacob who fell asleep in the treatment and went on to sleep a full night after that first session!
After the birth of my first child, I was recommended to the Westway Clinic as I had difficulty getting my son to settle. After 3 treatments he was a different child, much calmer, feeding well and sleeping. I didn’t hesitate to come back when I had my daughter. The staff and practitioners are superb.