Cranial Osteopathy

At the Bristol Back Pain Clinic, one of the range of techniques used by our highly skilled osteopaths is cranial osteopathy, but as not everyone knows what this is, please see below for a brief overview. We hope this answers any questions you may have about cranial osteopathy, but if you need any more information or are interested in trying cranial osteopathy, give us a call on 0117 972 3518.

What is cranial osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy is a specialised treatment technique that requires additional training. Treatments is hands on, gentle and deeply relaxing, and focuses on resolving tension patterns and area of stress throughout the body. Cranial techniques are safe, gentle, and non-manipulative which is why they are often used when treating young children and newborn infants.

What does it feel like?

Cranial osteopathy is very gentle and calming with feelings of warmth and deep relaxation often reported - it is not uncommon for people to fall asleep during or after treatment.

How is cranial osteopathy different to regular osteopathy?

Cranial treatment techniques are gentler and more subtle than other forms of osteopathic treatment such as manipulations, which are often accompanied by ‘clicks’ or ‘cracking’ sounds. Our practitioners having training in both approaches so they can select treatments to suit each patient.

What does cranial osteopathy feel like?

Cranial osteopathy is often used for a wide range of conditions, but as it is a much gentler technique, can be especially useful when treating babies, children (through all stages of development), and to help relieve the stresses and strains on the body when pregnant and after birth. It is also very useful for those who simply want a gentler approach.

Who is cranial osteopathy for?

Cranial osteopathy is ideal for babies, children and pregnant women. However, whilst it is most well-known for these patient groups, it is a safe treatment approach for people of all ages, from one week old babies right through to elderly patients.

Is it safe during pregnancy?

Rapid changes to a woman’s body during pregnancy - from the softening of ligaments to weight increase and changes in posture - can place stress on the musculoskeletal system as the joints in the body, including the spine and the pelvis, try to compensate for these changes. Cranial osteopathy is a gentle form of treatment that can help relieve the stresses and strains on your body, both as your pregnancy progresses and also after birth, and is totally safe for both the mother and baby.

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