Cranial Osteopathy

The term cranial osteopathy is a bit mis-leading, it is a historic title that has continued.  Cranial osteopathy involves working with the whole body, not just the head itself.  The other common mis-understanding is that it is only used to treat children.  While this is very common, it is as effective when applied to adults.

Cranial osteopathy was originally conceived by W G Sutherland, in the years after qualifying from the American school of Osteopathy in 1898.  It is based on his conclusion that if the living body is a self-renewing, self-regenerating, self-recuperating, self-balancing system, any change in the whole the body makes itself, can only be towards health.  The body cannot, of itself, make a change towards disease.  The main principle of Sutherlands’ work is to allow the human body the chance to make its own changes from within.  It is not for the practitioner to impose a prescription of treatment from outside. 

To enable the Osteopath to facilitate and work with this internal process, he or she must develop a highly refined sense of palpation, in order to understand what the body requires to make the necessary changes, it needs to make.  Sutherland also understood any changes made locally effects the whole; therefore we are always working on the whole body.

In treatment, the Osteopath supports the patient’s tissues in such a way as to allow them to change naturally towards health.  The Osteopath will not impose on the direction the body takes.  Treatment is very gentle with some patients unaware of the changes happening within, and can sometimes fall asleep.

The cranial concept can be used to identify and deal with immediate acute symptoms, as well as long standing problems.  This approach can sometimes reveal the original cause of the problem.  Which can have been present for many years.