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Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the whole body, including the head.
It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.
Osteopaths may use either one technique type or combinations of techniques such as manipulation, soft tissue and cranial techniques to help your symptoms resolve. This will be discussed with you at your initial consultation. If there is a certain technique that you would prefer to be used then you should mention this to your osteopath.
Most undergraduate programmes in the UK are currently to Masters level and do teach cranial techniques. However most people who wish to specialise in this method will undergo further training. At the moment the basic level would mean you can become a member of the Sutherland Society. With further training, usually taking a minimum of four years, you are entitled to become a fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy (SCCO). Brian is an honorary Fellow of the SCCO and Louise became a fellow two years ago and is entitled to use the nominal letters FSCCO. There are other post graduate programmes in the UK.
What can cranial osteopaths treat?
While it can be highly effective at relieving symptoms cranial osteopathy aims to treat the whole person not just the condition, so a very wide range of situations may benefit from treatment.
When we experience physical or emotional stresses our body tissues our bodies usually adapt. However occasionally if the stress is prolonged, repeated or is at a high level The body may not be able to cope on its own. Any tensions which remain held in the body can restrict its free movement and gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with accumulated stresses and symptoms may develop. Osteopaths seek to offload some of this stress and return your body to better function.
Please call or email the clinic if you are unsure of whether it can help.