What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is not different to Osteopathy, rather it is a refinement. Cranial Osteopaths are qualified to and indeed do, treat the whole body, correcting issues in the musculoskeletal system that may also be affecting the circulatory or digestive systems.

A cranial osteopath is a qualified osteopath who has undergone further study and training. Cranial osteopaths have a highly tuned sense of touch and are able to detect minute rhythmical shape changes in body tissues that indicate what stresses, strains and tensions the body is under. These are known as Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm. The patient cannot control these movements and may not even be aware of them. By detecting and correcting these involuntary movements the cranial osteopath can relieve pain and tension in patients of all ages – even newborn babies.

Who is cranial osteopathy suitable for?

Cranial Osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages. It’s very gentle and doesn’t involve twisting, turning or moving joints. That makes it particularly suitable for newborns, babies and toddlers. It can also help older children, adults, the frail and the elderly.

baby being treated with cranial osteopathy

What conditions may be relieved or helped by cranial osteopathy?

Cranial osteopaths treat a wide range of conditions from bad backs to sore necks, sports injuries to migraine. However the best known use for cranial osteopathy is in calming unsettled babies.

Birth is one of the most traumatic things a body has to go through. Particularly if the labour is prolonged or difficult – or even very quick. The baby’s skull, neck, shoulders and body go through enormous stresses during birth and sometimes it takes a while for them to recover. A baby however cannot tell you if he has a headache, if his neck hurts or he feels anxious. He can only cry.

It is well worth visiting a cranial osteopath if

  • Your baby cries a lot even though you’ve tried everything to sooth him/her
  • Baby has problems latching on to the breast or feeding
  • Baby suffers from colic or excessive hiccups
  • Baby has a strong neck from day one
  • Baby is arching backwards or straightening legs and appears distressed
  • Baby snores or makes nose and throat noises

 

What happens during a treatment?

The osteopath will first of all try to get a picture of the patient’s general health and of their medical history – in the case of babies and children, was it a difficult birth? Are there problems with feeding etc?

Then, the patient is asked to lie, fully clothed on the treatment table and encouraged to relax. The osteopath gently supports the head and neck in her hands and uses her fingers to feel for, and relieve any tension.   The pressure is so slight it’s almost undetectable. There is no rush and certainly no discomfort. It’s a very soothing, relaxing treatment

About Stacy, Cranial Osteopath at Castle Osteopaths

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Cranial Osteopathy Information

 
Therapist - Stacy Chaitoo

Contact - 01842 821666

Sun  10.00 - 16:00
Mon  15.00 - 18.00


£40.00 - First consultation and treatment
£40.00 - Follow up treatments 
"I came to Stacy through a recommendation of her skilled practice and holistic approach. I am reassured that she understands my needs as she really knows her stuff. She has also helped me to understand what my body needs and how to stay well between appointments. I find my appointments to be very therapeutic because she is warm, caring and professional. I also appreciate how she adapts the treatment according to my needs on the day.. "   Y Coopoosany


stacy chaitoo with young patient



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