Osteopathic treatment uses a gentle “hands-on” approach to identify areas of the body that are restricted and to gently release these areas in order to restore normal function. Cranial Osteopathy is a type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head.
The maintenance of good mechanical function is essential to good health. Problems in the framework of the body can disturb the circulatory system or nerves to every part of the body, and affect any aspect of health.
Thus mechanical problems can lead not only to aches and pains in joints and muscles, but also to disturbances in the internal organs and the way they work.
Osteopaths work to restore the musculoskeletal system and the body to a state of balance and harmony.
Health is not simply the absence of disease or pain. It is the state of balance and harmony between the body and mind of a person.
In health a person should be able to respond to events such as accidents, infections or emotional stress, deal with these events and restore itself to optimum health afterwards.
The majority of people are not in full health, but are carrying an accumulation of the effects of different traumatic events that have happened to them during their life.
WHAT IS CRANIAL OSTEOPATHY?
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.
It is extremely effective in treating a wide range of conditions in people of all ages, from birth to old age.
WHY IS CRANIAL OSTEOPATHY DIFFERENT?
In their training, Osteopaths are taught a variety of treatment methods and techniques, ranging from greater pressure methods to the very gently applied methods used by so called ‘cranial osteopaths’.
Osteopaths vary their treatment methods depending on their own preference and individual patients’ problems.
‘Cranial Osteopath’ is the name by which osteopaths who work at the more gentle, subtle end of the spectrum of different treatment approaches have become known.
Osteopaths may have different specialties including sports injuries, pediatrics, visceral (treating the internal organs of the body). Cranial Osteopathy embraces all of these.
‘INVOLUNTARY MOTION’ IN THE BODY
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 in such a way that during the rhythmical cycle of involuntary motion, the skull can actually change shape very slightly to accommodate the normal involuntary of the brain inside.
Impacts to the head can block or disrupt this movement. This can cause a very 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.
ACCUMULATION OF STRESS AND STRAIN IN THE BODY
Most of us have been exposed to physical trauma at some stage in our life. The body may have been able to absorb the effects of an 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.
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