Cranial Osteopathy – Adults

Cranial Osteopathy – Adults

Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of Osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head.

Cranial Osteopathy is extremely effective in treating a wide range of conditions in people of all ages, from birth to old age. In adults it is particularly useful for pregnant women, elderly patients, trauma from road traffic accidents/falls etc.

It is also effective for long term debilitating conditions like sinus congestion, jaw pain, headaches, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME. Cranial Osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called involuntary motion. The skull is made up of 26 bones which are intricately joined is such a way that during the rhythmical cycle of involuntary movement, the skull can actually change shape very slightly to accommodate the normal involuntary motion of the brain inside.

Impacts to the head can block or disrupt this movement. This can cause a wide variety of problems both in the head and elsewhere in the body. Using involuntary motion in the tissues, Osteopaths can feel whether a person is in an optimum state of health or whether there is something preventing healthy movement of the tissues from occurring.

Most people have been exposed to physical trauma at some stage in life. The body may have been able to absorb the effects of the accident at the time but a lasting strain often remains, illnesses and emotional trauma can also leave a lasting physical effect. Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with accumulated stresses and symptoms may start to show.

Case Study

At age 6, James has a heavy fall out of a tree onto his bottom. He is bruised and sore for a couple of days but soon forgets about it. Unknown to him, he still carries with him compressed strain in his sacrum and lumbar spine, and at the base of his skull.

Age 20, James has a car accident in which he sustains mild whiplash. All car accidents put enormous strain throughout the whole spine and this adds to the existing strain from his fall as a child.

Age 30, James is now also subjected to stress at work, he begins to develop headaches and a bit of backache. He decides to consult an Osteopath who discovers that the top of his neck and base of the skull are compressed and immobile from the effects of the childhood fall and the car accident.

Treatment to release these retained strains restores the harmony of the body tissues, James is relieved of his headaches and backache and also discovers that he has more energy, is sleeping better and coping better with the stress at work.

Anne Wilde is registered with the General Osteopathic Council. To make an appointment with Anne please ring us on 01625 54 9000.


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