Cranial Osteopathy


Cranial osteopathy is a gentle technique used in osteopathy for the last sixty years and discovered by the osteopath William Garner Sutherland. It is also refered to as cranio-sacral therapy. The theory is that there is an inherent voluntary motion of the brain and the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The skull is not one single bone but is a series of bones both big and small that are capable of movement in a co-ordinated and rhythmical fashion. Sometimes this motion becomes disturbed or distorted and this can often predispose the patient to disharmony in other apparently non-related parts of the body. It is a particularly popular technique used on babies because it has been shown that there is a small amount of movement in the joints between the cranial bones in young children. Treatment using these techniques is very gentle but specific adjustments to the body tissues not only in the head but also in the related and connected parts all over the body are utilised. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other techniques.