Hawley Health Centre - Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle but powerful and effective form of osteopathy. It developed from the work of an American osteopath, Dr. Sutherland in the early 1900s. He discovered intrinsic movements of the bones in the head and his further research revealed different rhythms in the body. Dr. Upledger, an osteopathic physician and surgeon led a team of 27 scientists in a research project to examine and evaluate the craniosacral system, which led to the development of CranioSacral Therapy.

Being born is probably one of the most stressful times in a baby’s life. Considerable force comes to bear from the contracting uterus as the baby passes down the birth canal, and nature allows the soft bones of the baby’s head to overlap so it can travel through the mother’s pelvis. This process is called moulding, which is usually released naturally after birth by suckling and crying. Retained moulding can cause many problems in the first few months, such as excessive crying, irritability, sleep disturbances, feeding difficulties, reflux and colic as the newborn’s digestive tract is immature at birth.

Osteopathic treatment using the cranial approach is very gentle, safe and effective in the treatment of babies and children, even those born prematurely. It is suitable for any age. Cranial osteopathy requires advanced palpatory skills, which is why it is taught at post-graduate level.

Common conditions in children and babies that may be helped by Cranial Osteopathy

  • Crying babies
  • Colic, sickness, and wind
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Recurrent infections; ear infections
  • Asthma
  • Sinus and adenoidal problems
  • Behaviour problems
  • Learning difficulties, and more.

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