Osteopathy & Cranial Osteopathy
What is osteopathy?Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment of the musculo-skeletal system and the way this inter-relates with the major systems of the body: blood, lymph, nerves etc.
The treatment approach will vary from person to person and may include soft tissue work; articulation - taking a joint through its full range of movement; manipulation and cranial osteopathy. During the initial consultation a full case history will be taken followed by an examination and treatment. The number of treatments will be different for each person.
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What is cranial osteopathy?Osteopathic treatment using the cranial approach is very gentle, safe and effective for all ages. This treatment approach engages the movement of cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, the subtle movement of the bones of the head and sacrum to encourage the release of tension throughout the whole body.
Cranial osteopathy aims to release accumulated stresses and strains of the body and engage, through gentle pressure to the head and sacrum, the self healing mechanism of the body. All osteopathy is based on this self healing principle (homeostasis). Cranial osteopathy is suitable for everyone from newborn babies to the very elderly.
Cranial osteopaths often see babies who appear to be in discomfort or are unsettled, for example a 9 month old was brought to me who had not slept through the night since birth.
A lot of babies have had an assisted delivery such as ventouse or emergency Caesarian Section and many mums have had a labour that was induced. Cranial osteopathy can be used as a way of helping with any retained moulding resulting from such interventions at birth.
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