Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment of the musculo-skeletal system and the way this inter-relates with the major systems of the body: blood, lymph, nerves etc.
The treatment approach will vary from person to person and may include soft tissue work; articulation – taking a joint through its full range of movement; manipulation and cranial osteopathy. During the initial consultation a full case history will be taken followed by an examination and treatment. The number of treatments will be different for each person.
Osteopathic treatment using the cranial approach is very gentle, safe and effective for all ages. This treatment approach engages the movement of cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, the subtle movement of the bones of the head and sacrum to encourage the release of tension throughout the whole body.
Cranial osteopathy aims to release accumulated stresses and strains of the body and engage, through gentle pressure to the head and sacrum, the self healing mechanism of the body. All osteopathy is based on this self healing principle (homeostasis). Cranial osteopathy is suitable for everyone from newborn babies to the very elderly.
Cranial osteopaths often see babies who appear to be in discomfort or are unsettled, for example babies are regularly brought to cranial osteopaths because they have feeding and digestive issues. Frequently they have had difficult or traumatic births and appear to be in pain, often showing signs of colic or reflux.
Cranial osteopathy and treatment for babies is a non-invasive way of helping with discomfort arising from lengthy or assisted delivery. Babies, especially newborns, usually respond well and need just a few treatments to help.