What is cranial osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy is a form of gentle osteopathic treatment where soft techniques are applied to allow the release of deep-seated tension from the body.

‘Cranial’ osteopathy is a misnomer because the treatment is applied to the whole body and not just the head. It is a very effective way of treating a variety of problems suffered by people of all ages.

What does a cranial osteopath do that is different?

An osteopath is trained to use various techniques in their treatments depending on what is trying to be achieved, from the more direct manipulations (‘the techniques that makes a joint ‘pop’ a.k.a. high velocity low amplitude thrust) to the gentle techniques used by the cranial osteopath.
A cranial osteopath works with more delicate techniques that are suitable for problems that are more complicated or for people who are delicate, either due to age or illness. An osteopath will always use techniques according to the person’s needs. Many osteopaths specialise in sports injuries or treatment of viscera. Cranial osteopathy crosses over all specialties and suitable for everyone, even an injured athlete.

Why do I have pain?

When we are ill, tired, stressed or have a new injury our nervous system detects pain because we are more sensitive to pain stimulus from previous injuries. This is why people often get reccurent musculoskeletal pain in the same places of the body even when there has not been a recent injury. It is often blamed on ‘bad posture’ but recent pain science suggests that this is not the case. Posture has little to do with why we get pain when it is not attributed to an injury. Our nervous system has simply become more sensitive to pain stimulation.

Through gentle treatment and introduction of movement and exercise we can reduce the pain stimulation. Old injuries that have caused structural damage to bones and joints cannot be corrected with osteopathy. Sadly there is a myth that osteopaths ‘put bones into place’. That is not true. We can help improve how your body functions and reduce pain which can improve your health and well-being.

How does cranial treatment feel?

The patient can feel a sensation of heat or pressure, either from the osteopath’s hands or in other parts of the body. Sometimes people feel pleasant tingling sensation or waves of sensation in parts of their body.
Most patient’s feel that tension is reduced and then feel a deep sense of relaxation. You may feel sleepy during and after treatment. Even as you lie still, your body is working very hard to self-correct.

What can cranial osteopathy help with?

Osteopaths treat the person not conditions. In osteopathy, we see the person as a whole and we treat the whole, not just the symptoms. Using our osteopathic principles we can help with anything that a person would seek an osteopath for which is usually pain. However, some people find it helpful when they suffer from inability to relax or they have symptoms related to head and neck.

Cranial osteopathy is gentle, it is not bone manipulation as some people may believe. The osteopath has a hands-on ‘conversation’ with the body and feels for release of tension during the treatment and what areas of the body needs attention.

We treat people of all ages, including babies.

If you would like to speak to us about how cranial osteopathy might help you, please feel free to call us and book a 15-minute consultation with Maria at no cost.

Butterfield Osteopathy
64 Allen Road, London, N16 8RZ
020 7254 8890

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