What Is Cranial Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a branch of medicinal practice that concerns itself with the bony structure of the body and how it works. A good basic structure helps to keep the body healthy. A problem with the framework affects the other systems as well. Cranial osteopathy deals with the skull and spine.

An osteopathic doctor doesn’t just look at what is wrong with you in specifics. Their job is to restore the body to a state of overall health. This means not only looking at what symptoms you present with but also the body as a whole to see what is going on in other places.

Cranial osteopathy deals with the entire body’s bony framework through the head and spine. The approach of cranial osteopathy is to release stress and built-up tensions from the body, and that process includes the head. There are other branches of osteopathy such as pediatrics and sports medicine, but starting with the head helps to heal the entire body.

If you have ever had a cranial sacral massage, then you have touched on some of the basic principles of cranial osteopathy. The massage focuses on the head and the spinal cord as a way of releasing toxins from the body that may have built up over time. Headaches and TMJ can be relieved with cranial sacral massage techniques.

A cranial osteopath is taught to notice the subtle rhythms that vibrate throughout the human body. It is like you are tuned to your own frequency. By touching the head, they can feel for changes in that cranial rhythm within the skull. This rhythm has a certain feel when the body is healthy and a different feel when it is not. A trained cranial osteopath can detect changes and then work to correct them.

What causes those changes in cranial rhythm? For one, stress causes changes. Stress is not just an emotional thing but affects every fiber of your being, whether you are aware of it or not. Usually when you come to notice the signs, the body has already become toxic with it. Even a little stress can change the rhythm. Over time, it accumulates.

The phenomenon of the cranial rhythm was noticed by a man named Dr. William Sutherland in the early 20th century. Through experimentation seventy years later, what he already knew was scientifically confirmed.

Through gentle techniques, the cranial osteopath restores the healthy rhythm. These movements also assist with the proper flow of cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and down along the spinal cord. Since your nerves run from your spinal cord to organs in the body, this stimulation affects the entire internal environment of the body.

Cranial osteopathy is used to treat children, teens, adults and the elderly. People who have sustained injuries to the head and neck, joints, headaches, sinus issues, difficulty sleeping and baby issues have been treated through cranial osteopathy.