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.
As it is another osteopathic technique, rather than a standalone treatment, it can be used on any part of the body as often problems in one area can be linked to patterns originating 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
It is the treatment of choice for babies and neonates because of it’s gentle, but powerful application as babies’ skeletons are softer and more responsive than an adult. The contact can be as light as a simple touch through to a firmer contact and so it can be adapted and beneficial where other techniques would be overly uncomfortable
In babies the treatment can gently soothe and relax your baby and are suitable for children at all stages of development through to adolescence and early adulthood. Our osteopaths will assess you or your child and be able to advise of any patterns or issues that may be contributing to specific symptoms or difficulties
A woman’s body changes during pregnancy, these changes include the softening of ligaments, weight increase and changes to posture. These can lead to additional pressure on joints in various parts of the body, including the spine or pelvis which can be helped by osteopaths whilst also promoting a sense of wellbeing and relaxation
We can advise on whether a specific issue may benefit from osteopathic intervention or advice. If you would like to speak to an osteopath, free of charge and without obligation, please contact us and we will be in touch
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.