This is a gentle method for detecting and correcting strains within the body by tuning into the “Primary respiratory mechanism”. This is a gentle and involuntary movement within the central nervous system and all other body tissues that is interrupted in areas where bones and tissues have been injured or strained.
Osteopaths use their hands to make fine or small changes to the bones of the cranium or other parts of the body. It can be used to treat joint problems such as knees, ankles, shoulder and the spine by balancing tension in the ligaments of joints, and to release broader areas of tension by encouraging the primary respiratory mechanism.
The philosophy behind this approach recognizes that the our natural state of being is health and that the indwelling forces that allow growth and development before birth are responsible for repair and regeneration of cells and tissues as an adult. Cranial osteopathy encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to recover from the effects of stress on your body particularly in the central nervous system.
The cranial approach can be used alone or following the use of direct or structural techniques such as soft tissue and articulation of joints. In this way it can the body to integrate the changes made in the treatment and to deeply relax the nervous system.
In adults Cranial Osteopathy may be useful in the treatment of:
- Migraines and headaches
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Fibromyalgia and other connective tissue disorders
- Arthritus and joint pain
- Stress and tension related problems
- Chronic and regional pain syndromes