Cranial osteopathy is a holistic approach that shares the same principles as structural osteopathy, offering the additional advantage of addressing the intricate structures within the head. This specialised form of osteopathy recognises that the well being of the entire body is interconnected with the health of these cranial structures. Therefore, cranial osteopathy extends its therapeutic scope to encompass the entire body by understanding that the structures within your head have a profound impact on your overall well-being.
However, cranial osteopathy encompasses more than just the head. It involves a comprehensive approach to healing various areas of the body that require attention. Cranial osteopaths use a highly developed sense of touch to detect subtle changes in tension and tissue quality throughout the body. These changes guide the osteopath to areas that have been affected by current or past symptoms, such as old accidents or injuries. The body may have learned to compensate for a traumatic event, and the effects may still be relevant to current symptoms, even if the patient is unaware that there is an issue.
Cranial osteopathy employs gentle and subtle techniques to bring the body’s tissues into balance, thereby facilitating self-healing and promoting overall health.
Cranial osteopathy is a gentle and effective approach to treating a wide range of issues in the body. Although it is commonly associated with treating babies, it is equally effective for children, adults, and the elderly.
Does cranial osteopathy have a scientific basis?
As stated by the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy: “Cranial osteopathy is difficult to ‘prove’. But modern scientific understanding of physiology, in particular the physiology of fascia and electromagnetics in the body, are increasingly validating the theory and palpatory experiences of cranial osteopaths. There are also a number of clinical studies investigating the effects of cranial osteopathic treatment.”
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