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Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy is a gentle, safe and effective approach to treatment of a wide range of problems in the whole body.

By law all Osteopaths are registered professionals.

Cranial osteopathy is not different to osteopathy, it is the name given to a subtle and refined approach to osteopathy that follows all the principles of osteopathy, and it is used throughout the body not just in the head. The name cranial osteopathy simply refers to the fact that it includes the structures inside the head.

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopaths use a highly developed sense of touch to feel subtle changes of tension and tissue quality in the living anatomy of the whole body, and to diagnose areas of strain or dysfunction.

The osteopath is often drawn to areas in the body that have been affected by past events, such as old accidents and injuries. The body may have learned to compensate for a traumatic event or injury and the patient may be unaware that there is anything wrong, but the effects may still be present and relevant to current symptoms.

Diagnosis and treatment are intimately linked as the osteopath works to activate the innate ability of the body to heal, and by offering gentle and specific support where it is needed to bring the tissues into a state of balance and release, to restore it to health.

How can it help?

Using this approach, the osteopath learns to listen to and be guided by the body’s inner knowledge, sign posted to the root cause. This helps the osteopath to treat the cause of the symptoms and reduce the chance of symptoms returning in the future.

In any osteopathic treatment, the whole body is involved and, improvements are often noted in many different areas. For example, it is not uncommon for digestive problems to resolve when the spine or pelvis are being treated because of back pain.

What does Cranial Osteopathy feel like?

Treatment is very gentle and relaxing. During the treatment some people are aware of different sensations, such as mild tension, aching or sensitivity that gradually disappear, or of feelings of warmth and relaxation. Other people are unaware of anything happening at all during the treatment but are aware that they feel very different when they get up afterwards. Most people become deeply relaxed during treatment and it is not uncommon for people to fall asleep.

Is Osteopathy safe?

I ensure high quality care as I am registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

The register is available at osteopathy.org.uk.

Matt has treated me for a range of issues over the last couple of years, and has had a huge positive impact. He always looks to find and address the root cause rather than treating my superficial symptoms. Matt is passionate about what he does, and my sessions with him are not only effective but fascinating!”

RichardLondon, SE1