Bristol Osteopath

Cranial osteopathy, like all osteopathy, looks at the relationship between the body’s structure and function. Cranial technique uses gentle contact to support the body and correct disturbances in the bones and soft tissues layout.

Cranial Osteopathy is based on a model of the body’s physiological functioning that says all the tissues move in a rhythmic and cyclical way as part of their respiratory activity. This can be felt, almost like a ‘pulse’, by a trained osteopath and this mechanism is used to both diagnose and treat.

Cranial osteopathy is often associated with the treatment of babies. However, it lays its main emphasis in treating dysfunction in children and adults alike. This may be caused by labour for a newborn, or a skiing accident in adulthood. The result stil’after years of receiving treatment with Amberin, I am still amazed at how such a light touch has such a profound impact on my health’ l remains: an area of pain and a dysfunction in our biomechanical structure.

It can be useful in the treatment of chronic health conditions that are not resolving*. This is by way of improving general circulation and reducing tension allowing the body to function at its own optimum given the circumstances. Babies often respond well to cranial technique which may help them resolve many discomforts of infancy or from their birth. Pre and post partum mothers whose bodies are in a state of change and under hormonal influence, and adjusting to size and shape change often respond well too.

Cranial osteopaths are primarily osteopaths with a strong foundation of anatomy and physiology and a deep understanding of the body. The “cranial” technique is a specialized field which some osteopaths undertake at a postgraduate level. They have the same skills in differential diagnosis and clinical testing as all osteopaths.

The osteopath will take a detailed case history, examine and treat the patient using the gentlest of pressure.

*please consult with your G.P. for any advice or management of chronic injuries

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