This is a particularly gentle osteopathic approach that can be applied to any part of the body, effectively releasing the strains and tensions as they are detected.
It is important to appreciate that Cranial Osteopathy is not all about 'the head'.
Cranial Osteopathy or Craniosacral Therapy
Cranial Osteopathy is sometimes referred to as Craniosacral Therapy. Our Osteopaths use the original title, Cranial Osteopathy. Becoming a skilled cranial osteopathic practitioner requires specialised training.
Cranial Osteopathy is very gentle. We believe that it can give relief for back pain, neck pain, headaches, dizziness and more.
Cranial Osteopathic Techniques Have Been Practised Since the 1930s
In the 1930s Dr William Sutherland, an American physician, discovered a movement within the whole body that occurs in conjunction with what he felt to be a slight yielding motion of the bones of the head.
Sutherland and his colleagues believed that injury, illness or stress could disrupt the subtle movements they detected with their hands, and they hypothesised that it upset the body's natural ability to regulate and heal itself. This was controversial at the time, and even after 80 years it remains a hotly debated subject within our profession, but at our clinic we believe that cranial osteopathic techniques contribute to our success and effectiveness.
It is not 'cranial massage' since there is no massage. It takes years of training and practice in order to educate the hands of an Osteopath to 'sense' or palpate subtle stresses, strains and imbalances throughout body - whether these strains are in the client's legs or arms, their back or front, feet or head.
Subtle compressions, twists, sometimes a sense of 'inertia', or qualitative changes in tissues or motion can be felt, which taken together with a comprehensive client case history help us to build a picture of cause and effect that can give a very good handle on effective treatment, especially for some hard-to-treat problems.
Cranial Osteopathy or Craniosacral Therapy has also earned a reputation for helping with many problems common to Babies and Children. These include colic, flat head (plagiocephaly), glue ear, sleeping problems and irritability. About 20% of those seen at our clinic on the Gold Coast are babies and children.
Many medics and medical sceptics believe that cranial osteopathic techniques need a lot more research in order to explain what happens in our clinic - and not only our clinic, but in similar clinics around the world. We emphatically agree and are prepared to help in that research. We want sound scientific research to show exactly how effective we are, helping to demonstrate why we get such good results in our clinic every day.
For this reason our senior osteopath, Dr Joyaa Antares, began a part-time Masters degree in 2014. Following this, he plans to progress to a PhD and clinical trials.
If you would like to know more about Cranial Osteopathy or Craniosacral Therapy, please contact your Gold Coast Osteopath here.