Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy

Introduction to Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy is the gentle manipulation of the skull and spine in order to make someone feel more comfortable and to improve sleep.

Written by Doctify Team 27/04/2020

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy is the gentle manipulation of the skull and spine in order to make someone feel more comfortable and to improve sleep. The name ‘cranial’ is a misnomer and actually it is a technique that is suitable for the whole body. The procedure can benefit all ages, but it can be particularly useful to pregnant women and young babies.

How is the a Cranial Osteopathy performed?

The spine and head are gently moved around to encourage proper functioning of the body. It intend to relieve stress and tension that may be held in the spine, often a baby may have stress in their back after having gone through labour. As the spine runs all the way to the tailbone, the osteopath may move the spine at any point, in order to relieve any stresses.

Cranial Osteopathy

How to prepare for a Cranial Osteopathy?

There is nothing specifically you can do as preparation.

What happens after a Cranial Osteopathy?

Like a massage, it is common for a baby to fall asleep during cranial osteopathy. After the procedure your osteopath will explain to you some exercises you can do at home to help your baby. They will explain how to hold, carry and support your baby in a way that minimising further stress or tension. For further information you can contact an osteopath who will be able to explain the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have.

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