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Cranial Osteopathy 

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle yet effective form of Osteopathic treatment. It can be used to treat people of all ages.

Cranial Osteopaths use their highly trained palpation skills to feel subtle strains and tensions that are present in the body and diagnose areas of dysfunction. Treatment can be deeply relaxing and we encourage our patients to take this opportunity to rest and unwind during treatment.

Who may benefit from Cranial Osteopathy?

The cranial approach to Osteopathy is a way of ‘viewing the body’ and it can be used on every patient. Cranial Osteopaths treat people as a whole, not just conditions. Cranial Osteopathy is widely used for babies, children and pregnant women, however it is equally suitable for adults of all ages, including the elderly. Your Osteopath may recommend cranial techniques, when a gentler approach is needed.

 

What to expect:

 

For adults:

 

Your session will begin by sitting and talking with your Osteopath about any of your health concerns. Together you will discuss a brief health history and what you would like to get out of the session. The Osteopath will apply gentle pressure to your head or other areas such as your ankles, tummy or sacrum.

During the treatment some people are aware of different sensations, such as mild pressure or a feeling of warmth and relaxation. Other people are unaware of anything happening at all during the treatment but are aware that they feel very different afterwards. Most people become deeply relaxed during treatment and it is not uncommon for people to fall asleep.

 

For babies:

 

A detailed history of pregnancy, birth and early development will be taken along with discussion of your concerns. Treatment is very gentle with the baby in their most comfortable position. Most babies find the treatment enjoyable and relaxing.

 

For more information on Cranial/ Paediatric Osteopathy please see Paediatric Osteopathy page.

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Osteopathy 

Osteopathy is a gentle hands-on treatment used to alleviate the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain. Osteopaths aim to diagnose the root cause of your condition, in order to give you the best possible treatment. Osteopathic treatment is determined but the individual needs of the patient. A personal treatment plan may include manual therapy (such as soft tissue massage, manipulation and cranial), health and wellness advice, postural guidance and home exercises.

 

What do Osteopaths treat?

  • Acute or chronic back pain

  • Arthritic Pain

  • Digestive problems

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

  • General tension

  • Generalised muscle and joint pain

  • Headache / Migraines

  • Hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA)

  • Inability to relax

  • Minor sports injuries

  • Muscle spasms

  • Neck pain

  • Neuralgia/ Nerve pain

  • Postural problems

  • Rheumatic pain

  • Sciatica

  • Shoulder and Elbow pain

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

Osteopaths are trained to screen for medical conditions and will tell you if you need to see another health professional such as your doctor or midwife