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Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy was discovered by a student of Osteopathy William Garner Sutherland in the late 1890’s. It works with the primal respiratory mechanism (PRM). This movement is present throughout the body during our lifetime, and we have no control over it.

Cranial Osteopathy involves detecting restrictions to the PRM, and restoring the rhythm with a gentle technique where the Osteopath holds the head of the patient in the hands, and facilitates the body’s natural tendency towards self-correction with gentle rhythmic movements.

The mechanism is characterised by the light movement of the bones of the skull and the sacrum, the membrane system and the central nervous system, with the flow of the cerebro-spinal fluid.

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FrequentlyAsked Questions

Who can benefit from Cranial Osteopathy?
  • Newborn babies
  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • Immediately after surgery
  • People in a lot of pain
  • The elderly
  • The terminally ill
Cranial Osteopathy works well in conjunction with all other forms of healing, and facilitates the body's natural healing mechanism.
What are the main conditions helped by Cranial Osteopathy?
Some of the most common conditions that are helped by Cranial Osteopathy are:
  • Bowel or bladder problems where the organ is not functioning properly
  • Ear inflammations that are not infectious
  • Congested or red eyes
  • TMJ (clicking or painful jaw)
  • Migraine
  • Neuralgia
  • Sinusitis
  • Strains of muscles and ligaments
  • Stress
  • Restlessness
  • Colic
  • Insomnia
How is Cranial Osteopathy different from Functional Osteopathy?
Functional Osteopathy works on the joints with soft tissue techniques such as neuromuscular massage, passive mobilisation, and where necessary manipulation. Cranial Osteopathy focuses mainly on the subtle rebalancing of the PRM using gentle rhythmic movements on the cranium and the sacrum. The patient can feel the many benefits of Cranial Osteopathy after several sessions with the Osteopath. Many Osteopaths combine both Functional and Cranial Osteopathy in a single session where necessary.
What can damage the PRM?
  • Trauma
  • Whiplash
  • Blows to the head
  • Falling on the base of the spine
  • Dental extractions
  • Emotional shock
  • Poor nutrition
  • Food additives
  • Toxins
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