Cranial osteopathy is an integral part of osteopathy that follows the same principles as all the other parts of osteopathy (visceral, structural). Cranial osteopathy focuses mainly on the anatomy and physiology of the head. Cranial osteopaths use a highly trained sense of touch to feel subtle changes in tension, position, mobility, and tissue quality. The osteopath can treat those structures with gentle cranial techniques. Observing cranial treatment can be compared to watching someone reading a book. Not much seems to be happening from the outside. However, the reader of the book is living the story they read. The osteopath as well, is connected to the anatomy of the skull and treats the dysfunctional patterns they perceive. The patient may or may not feel what is happening inside their craniums. However, almost all patients feel a deep sense of calm and serenity during a cranial treatment.
Conditions treated with Cranial Osteopathy
Since cranial osteopathy is an integral part of osteopathy, the cranial area will be included in the treatment independently of the condition. When dysfunctions in the cranial area can be assessed, it will be included in the treatment. Some conditions seem to be responding especially well to cranial treatment.
✓ Headaches and migraines
✓ Neck pain
✓ Bell’s Palsy
✓ Ear infection