Cranial Osteopathy uses only very slight pressure on the head or lower-back to gently ease tension and allow the natural release of the bones. This gentle and effective approach works on three main areas: bone, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) movement and fascial tension and works at a deeper level to the structural approach.
In adults, osteopaths mainly concentrate on the fluid and fascial movement. The CSF keeps the brain and nervous system healthy. This drives the whole cranial mechanism. Fascia is like a stocking that covers our entire body, it covers and penetrates muscles, wraps around organs and gives shape to our tissues. If the fascia becomes tight e.g. after injuries or operations then the tissues they cover, tend not to function as well resulting in continued problems. Our treatment gently unwinds and relaxes the fascia to allow the tissue it surrounds to function properly.
What conditions is cranial osteopathy used for?Cranial osteopathy is used for a wide range of problems in both children and adults including constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures, scoliosis, migraine headaches, disturbed sleep cycles, asthma, neck pain, sinus infections, TMJ syndrome, Ménière’s disease and ear problems, and for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who have experienced birth trauma or head trauma. The American Cancer Society notes that while cranial osteopathy therapy has not been shown scientifically to be a treatment for cancer, it can help patients feel more relaxed by helping to relieve stress and tension.
How does Cranial Osteopathy help babies?
Babies suffer from musculoskeletal issues just like adults, however, they cannot always tell you if they have a sore neck, jaw or a headache. If your baby is having feeding difficulties and you have had midwives, health visitors, NCT advisors, doctors and breast-feeding counsellors assisting you, yet you are still having problems, then the issue may be physical. This is where a paediatric/cranial osteopath can help.
At GW Osteopathy Jennifer Beck specialises in treating babies and children, the treatment is designed for those babies who are having difficulties adapting to their new environment outside the womb.
All treatment is using gentle cranial Osteopathy which is safe and particularly suitable for soft delicate infant bodies.
This treatment is good to help soothe and relax stressed babies.