Cranial Osteopathy is not Osteopathy of the head, but Osteopathy, which can include the head.
Dr. W.G. Sutherland first put the concept forward in the 1930's. He had been a student of Dr. Still (the father of osteopathy), and he discovered that the 26 bones of the cranium are slightly moveable (hence Cranial Osteopathy). He came to understand, however, that there is a constant micro-motion throughout the whole of the body, a property of living tissue, which can be used to diagnose and treat patient's ills.
Cranial Osteopathy uses Osteopathic principles, but does not concentrate just on the head, and can be used to treat the whole body. The particular advantages are that it is extremely gentle. Sometimes patients are unaware that anything is happening and often fall asleep. Another advantage is that it can be used to identify and deal with the original cause of a problem, even if it is associated with an injury that occurred 25 or even 40 years ago.
The body is designed wonderfully to cope with the normal stresses and strains of everyday life without permanent effect. However, if the trauma is excessive the body tissues may not be able to return fully to their previous conditions and a permanent record of the event remains, as though the body is 'out of tune'. This will not necessarily give symptoms at the time, but it is palpable to trained hands for years until at last the body is pushed over the symptom threshold and the patient seeks advice. Your Osteopath can detect and assess these accumulated strain patterns and help the body release itself gently back to normal.
The cranial concept can be used to treat the majority of Osteopathic conditions, but is more appropriate in some cases. Your Osteopath will advise you of the best approach for your particular condition and circumstances.
Osteopathic treatment has been proven to be an extremely safe and natural approach to health care, which works with the body's own health and repair mechanisms.
Osteopathy is now a recognized health profession. The Osteopaths Act, passed in 1993, provides for the profession to regulate itself under the law for the protection of the public.
The profession is now organized and run in much the same way as the medical profession.