Cranial Osteopathy

Nothing in this site should be taken as a claim to treat any specific condition.

Osteopathy is a primary healthcare profession regulated by the Osteopaths Act 1993.

Osteopathic practice is based on the philosophy that people are unique individuals, and thus, osteopaths do not just treat specific conditions. We aim to understand why that particular patient has that problem at this time, the issues that contributed to it, its future prevention as well as considering imbalances that may be causing other, less symptomatic, but possibly longer term issues - we then work towards treating the body to improve overall function for that individual as best as we are able by the application of osteopathic techniques informed by the principles of osteopathy.

Osteopathic treatment is based on the relationship between the structure and function of the body, which we consider to be unique to each patient.

From this perspective, osteopaths assess a wide range of healthcare issues.

If you have a query as to whether osteopathy might be able to help, please contact us directly or discuss it with your GP.  


What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in people of all ages, from birth to old age.

Osteopaths may have different specialities including sports injuries, paediatrics, and visceral osteopathy (treating the internal organs of the body).

Cranial osteopathy embraces all of these.

The Cranial Rhythm

Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues.

This is called Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm.


The movement is of very small amplitude, therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. This motion was first described in the early 1900's by Dr. William G. Sutherland and its existence was presented in 1939, then confirmed in a series of laboratory tests in the 1960's and '70's....More recently, MRI studies in Russia have demonstrated that Dr.Sutherland's palpation was accurate.

Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. Practitioners compare what your rhythm is doing to what they consider ideal. This shows them what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of its past history. It also gives them an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired.

Osteopathic treatment:

Osteopathic treatment using the cranial approach is gentle & safe. Very specific, skilled, light pressure is applied where necessary to assist the natural ability of the body to release stresses and tensions.

Could there be any adverse reactions?

Reactions to treatment are variable, often the patient is very relaxed afterwards and sleeps well. Others have a burst of energy after treatment, usually followed by a good night's sleep.

Occasionally children are unsettled after treatment. This is a temporary situation, and usually clears within 24-48 hours.

Birth trauma...

It is a common belief that babies and children should have no structural stresses or strains in their bodies, because they are 'so young'....

The reality may be very different:

Birth is one of the most stressful events of our lives. The baby is subjected to enormous forces, as the uterus pushes to expel the baby against the natural resistance of the birth canal. The baby has to turn and twist as it squeezes through the bony pelvis, on its short but highly stimulating and potentially stressful journey. The baby's head has the remarkable ability to absorb these stresses in a normal delivery. In order to reduce the size of the head, the soft bones overlap, bend and warp as the baby descends. The baby's chin is normally well tucked down towards its chest to reduce the presenting diameter of the head.

Many babies are born with odd shaped heads as a result. In the first few days, the head can usually be seen to gradually lose the extreme moulded shape, as the baby suckles, cries and yawns.


If you are at all concerned about your baby please contact your GP immediately .