Cranial Osteopathy

Please understand that Osteopathic treatment relates to the musculoskeletal aspect of the condition (eg. helps with muscle contraction, relaxation & movement co-ordination)

Osteopathic treatment is a “hands on” technique, which releases strain in the joints and soft tissues of the body. Cranial Osteopathy applies Osteopathic principles to treatment of the Cranium and its relationship to the body as a whole. It is important that everybody works together to solve a problem

The cranium is not just one bone but it is a whole group of bones, which develop together joined by sutures, which “stitch” them together as one. An example is the occiput bone (at the back/bottom of the head), which is four parts at birth united by cartilage but not fusing into one bone till 6-8 years of age. There is a lot of scope for nerve irritation at this point. If these 4 parts don’t form correctly it can lead to problems as the baby grows.

“As the twig is bent so the tree grows”.

Every birth is traumatic. Not only is the birth process itself traumatic but pre and post birth events are often significant.

Symptoms depend on at what stage of development they present. Initially, the baby might suffer from feeding problems, reflux, and irritability. The infant might suffer hearing, visual, postural, movement and upper respiratory tract problems (i.e glue ear, asthma). In the school age child, learning related problems (i.e reading, writing, information processing) are common, and social problems may develop. In the older child often the frustration of the learning disability can lead to behavioural problems. Often and adult presents for treatment of neck pain or headaches with a strain that may have remained uncorrected from their early years.

If there is any doubt that a structural problem may be acting as a “brake” to development and learning an Osteopathic assessment is recommended. In practical terms: the goal is to remove any mechanical or structural hindrance, which may be acting as a roadblock to normal nervous system function, development, remedial teaching or therapy.

As the child grows we want the growth process to be our friend so they “grow out of strain” and not distort further. If an uncorrected structural strain persists this may allow them to “grow into strain”.

As the saying goes: “As the twig is bent so the tree grows”