Osteopathy is the science of human mechanics and is a natural therapy. It is a manual medicine based on the relationship between the structure and function of the human body. Osteopaths are like car mechanics, in that they rebalance and fine tune the body, so that it lasts longer and runs more efficiently.
What can Osteopathy treat?
Osteopathy is aimed at treating the whole person, however certain conditions as listed below may particularly benefit from this treatment:
- Back pain and persistent or chronic pain anywhere in the body
- Frozen Shoulder
- Spinal curvatures
- Headaches / migraines
- Anxiety, stress and insomnia
- Gynaecological problems
- Digestive problems
- Problems/pains during and after pregnancy
- Glandular Fever
Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in people of all ages, from birth to old age.
Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm. Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. Practitioners compare what your rhythm is doing to what they consider ideal. This shows them what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of its past history. It also gives them an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired.
Cranial Osteopathy for birth trauma:
It is a common belief that babies and children should have no structural stresses or strains in their bodies, because they are ‘so young’….however the reality may be very different:
Birth is one of the most stressful events of our lives. The baby is subjected to enormous forces, as the uterus pushes to expel the baby against the natural resistance of the birth canal. The baby has to turn and twist as it squeezes through the bony pelvis, on its short but highly stimulating and potentially stressful journey. The baby’s head has the remarkable ability to absorb these stresses in a normal delivery. In order to reduce the size of the head, the soft bones overlap, bend and warp as the baby descends. The baby’s chin is normally well tucked down towards its chest to reduce the presenting diameter of the head.
Many babies are born with odd shaped heads as a result. In the first few days, the head can usually be seen to gradually lose the extreme moulded shape, as the baby suckles, cries and yawns. However, this unmoulding process is often incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult. As a result, the baby may have to live with some very uncomfortable stresses within its head and body.
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