Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by massaging, moving and stretching a person’s joints and muscles. Osteopathy involves using the sense of touch to detect areas of tension and to deal with various types of strain or other problems. Cranial osteopathy simply refers to the fact that it includes the structure inside the head. Cranial osteopathy is a gentle, safe and effective approach to treat a wide range of problems.
The treatment is very gentle and relaxing, and some patients feel different sensations, such as tension or sometimes warmth and relaxation. But most feel positive improvements in many different symptoms after treatment. Cranial osteopathy is widely known as a treatment for babies but is equally as effective in children, adults and the elderly.
The treatment has been found effective in new-born babies who have trouble sleeping for more than an hour. Babies’ skull bones are not yet fused, so with gentle manipulation of head and spine, any damage or slight alterations caused during childbirth can be corrected. Quick births or assisted deliveries can cause a slight misalignment of the spine, so when a baby is put down to sleep, he will quickly become uncomfortable and let you know about this by crying. New-born babies can be subjected to enormous forces when they are born: this can mean a lot of stress and pressure on the baby’s head. Osteopaths are looking to recognise any effects caused by this pressure. There can be some pressure near the Temporal bone. The Eustachian tubes can be squeezed, particularly by forceps, during delivery, which can lead to problems with the ears.
The British School of Osteopathy train osteopaths to treat people from all walks of life. They are all registered with the General Osteopathic Council, and it is from them that you will find a list of osteopaths in your area. For example, people living in the East Midlands looking for a Leicester osteopath will find that Townosteo a Leicester Osteopath is on the register.
Osteopathic treatment involves looking at the whole body, and improvements in many different areas are often noted. A patient who is treated for back pain might find their digestive problem is also resolved. Osteopathic practitioners are registered and regulated by law as therapists but may not practise medicine.