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Cranial Osteopathy

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Baby having cranial osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy, also known as cranio-sacral osteopathy is not just osteopathy for problems of the head & brain or, indeed the very young or old.

For most of us - the birth process is arguably one of the most stressful events of our lives. Even a relatively straight forward birth imposes enormous stresses on the baby, especially on the skull (cranium). This can readily be seen in the amount of 'moulding' or distortion in the head of many newborn babies. A certain amount of moulding is normal and usually resolves naturally in the first few weeks of life. If the pressures have been excessive (due to complications, small pelvic opening, etc), then a varying amount of strain and distortion can remain 'locked' into the child's body as they grow.

This sort of cranial distortion is particularly pronounced with a long delivery time or with the use of forceps or 'ventouse cup' (often causing a cone shaped head) during delivery. This can have a subsequent effect on the child both physically (i.e. neurologically) and psychologically.

Cranial osteopathy is especially suitable for children and the new born with conditions that I am no longer able at liberty to name. If you click on the 'Links' tab above, then you will find other resources to help with your research.

Also, if you are concerned please have your child checked out with their GP or Paediatrician. If they are not concerned and you are still concerned, then we are happy to see your child. NB You can contact us directly or book in and if we feel it is more appropraite that they see a medical doctor, then we will advise as such.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Usually the younger the child, the quicker they respond, as they have a great capacity to heal, compensate & adapt. This is because there is still a huge amount of growth & development going on in the brain & nervous system of the new born.

Often parents are told - They'll grow out of it!

And many do in time, as their little bodies learn to adapt & work around the underlying strain patterns. If we are able to release these or at least reduce them, then the question is - Why put child & parent through this distressful period?

The aim of cranial osteopathy is to encourage & maximise health to give the child (or adult for that matter) the best possible chance of optimum health & therefore life.

Many of these children's problems are so common that the implications can be overlooked. Glue ear (otitis media with effusion) is a classic example.

Not only is there the obvious of pain & distress, but there is also the risk of infection, that may also spread (hence the prescribing of antibiotics). If the inherent motion of the cranial & facial bones are compromised, then the fluid or 'glue' is unlikely to drain away via its natural course.

A further issue with this condition is the common, accompanying deafness, when the child is at such a critical stage of developing language skills.

For further information about cranial osteopathy click on the 'Links' tab above.

 

NB The above is given as a theoretical example and in no way implies or claims to treat any condition. Osteopathy (including cranial osteopathy) treats the person with the aim of improving their health and not a symptom, condition or disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranial osteopathy is especially suitable for children and the new born with conditions that I am no longer able at liberty to name.

If you click on the 'Links' tab above, then you will find other resources to help with your research.

NB Osteopathy (including cranial osteopathy) treats the person with the aim of improving their health and not a symptom, condition or disease.

 

Also, if you are concerned please have your child checked out with their GP or Paediatrician. If they are not concerned and you are still concerned, then we are happy to see your child. NB You can contact us directly or book in and if we feel it is more appropraite that they see a medical doctor, then we will advise as such.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranial Osteopathy FAQ's

Is my baby too young for cranial osteopathy?

No child is too young for treatment. Premature babies have been treated with cranial osteopathy while still in an incubator.

How may treatments are likely to be needed?

For the common problems with newborn babies, then usually only 2 - 3 treatments are needed. Older children or those with more complex issues may require more treatment.

How will I know that the treatment is helping?

There's usually a good response to the first treatment e.g. if baby is restless and not sleeping well, then this usually improves from day 1, but can creep back a little before the next treatment. For ither problems i.e. regurgitation, then this tends to become less often and less severe.

How much does treatment cost?

Children are treated at a reduced rate, please check the price list page.

How long is left between treatments?

Usually weekly. A week is usually sufficient time to adjust for any changes made. In more complex cases of an ongoing problem, then the treatment would initially weekly, then as they improve sessions can be less often depending on their response and needs.

Is there any pressure or manipulation involved?

Only the very lightest of touch is used so no, this would not be regarded as manipulation.

Do you just work on the head?

No - the cranio-sacral mechanism or 'involuntary movement system' continues throughout the body, and while the head is a key area to asses & treat other areas are usually treated also.

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If there is excess tension in the chest and diaphragm, due to ongoing distress, then this may irritate the entrance to the stomach, causing excess production of stomach acid. By releasing the tension in the diaphragm and therefore irritation of the stomach, then the overproduction of acid usually calms down.

Why not just give medication for this?

One of the key roles of stomach acid is to sterilise all food in the stomach before it moves into the gut. If the acid is being neutralised or acid production is being inhibited with medication, then there may be an increased risk of germs getting through to the gut and causing infection. Concerns have been raised about this potential problem, but it currently remains the standard treatment.

Also, this approach at best can only ease the symptoms and while some may 'grow out of it', there may be a retained tendency toward having a oversensitive/irritible stomach in later life, as the under lying problem was never addresssed.

What if there is a more serious underlying problem?

Osteopaths are trained to a very high standard, including medical sciences during their 4 year degree course. Thereafter cranial osteopaths have typically completed a number of postgraduate training courses specifically in cranial osteopathy. They will therefore do their best to ascertain if there is a more serious underlying condition and advise/refer appropriately. We are more than happy to work with GP's, health visitors and paediatricians when and where appropriate.

Cranial Osteopath at the Centre

 

Andrew Woodhouse

External Links

Andrew's osteopathic website

Andrew also provides osteopathy, visceral & cranial osteopathy, western acupuncture, allergy screening & NAET in Liverpool at

Liverpool Wellbeing Centre.

 

The Sutherland Society

Osteopathic Center for Children and Families (USA)

The Osteopathic Cranial Academy (USA)

Cranial Osteopathy Research Page on the above site

 

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Cranial Osteopathy for Babies & Children