Osteopathy is a discipline focused on diagnosing and correcting impairments to optimal functioning of parts of our bodies including muscles, joints (such as knees, hips and shoulders), nerves (such as the sciatic nerve) and connective tissue such as ligaments.
Classical Osteopaths focus on the entire muscular skeletal system; Visceral Osteopaths focus on organs, including the skin; and Cranial Osteopaths focus on the cranium and, via cranial-sacral techniques on the rest of the body too.
Tensions and stresses throughout the body are expressed as a disruption of the body’s natural cranial rhythm. As with traditional osteopathy, cranial osteopaths will perform a thorough case history and examination of their patients, however, treatment will consist of observing and treating disruptions in the cranial rhythm, whether they are due to recent events or as retained tensions due to past incidents including emotional events.
Cranial osteopathy is simply another ‘tool’ in the osteopathic tool box and is taught to a greater or lesser degree in all osteopathic schools; however, practitioners may choose to further their knowledge and experience of cranial therapy by doing a post-graduate course and some practitioners choose to treat solely with cranial techniques.
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