Cranial Therapy is a specialised form of treatment where the Cranial Therapist uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head.
The aim is to relieve the current symptoms and also improve the underlying health of the tissues.
The maintenance of good mechanical function is essential to good health. Problems in the framework of the body can disturb the circulatory system or nerves to any part of the body, and affect any aspect of health. Thus mechanical problems can lead not only to aches and pains in the joint and muscles, but also to disturbances in the internal organs and the way they work.
The Cranial Therapist works to restore the musculoskeletal system of the body to a state of balance and harmony.
Health is simply not the absence of disease or pain. It is a state of balance and harmony between the body and mind of a person. In health a person should be able to respond to events such as accidents, infections or emotional stress, deal with these events and restore itself to optimum health afterwards. The majority of people are not in full health, but are carrying an accumulation of the effects of different traumatic events that have happened them during their life.
Cranial Therapy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressures to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body including the head.
It is extremely effective in treating a wide range of conditions in people of all ages, from birth to old age.
Cranial Therapists are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called involuntary motion.
The skull is made up of 26 bones which are intricately joined in such a way that during the rhythmical cycle of involuntary motion, the skull actually changes shape very slightly to accommodate the normal involuntary motion of the brain inside.
Impacts to the head can block or disrupt this movement. This can cause a variety of problems both in the head and elsewhere in the body. Using voluntary motion in the tissues, the Cranial Therapist can feel whether a person is in an optimum state of health, or whether there is something preventing healthy movement of the tissues from occurring.
Most of us have been exposed to physical trauma at some stage in our lives. The body may have been able to absorb the effects of an accident at the time, but a lasting strain often remains. Illness and emotional trauma can also leave a lasting effect.
Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with accumulated stress, and symptoms may start to show.
The Cranial Therapist takes a detailed medical history from the patient followed by a careful examination. He/she will make a diagnosis of what is causing the symptoms, and try to put together the ‘story’ of why they have developed their condition.
Using very subtle and gentle techniques, the accumulated stresses and strains in the body are gradually released. The aim is to relieve the current symptoms and also improve the underlying health of the tissues as far as possible in order that they do not reoccur.
Patients may feel sensations of pressure or warmth, either under the therapist’s hands or elsewhere. Most patients feel that gradually the tension is being drawn out of their body and they become deeply relaxed.
It is not uncommon for patients to become so relaxed that they fall asleep during a treatment.
Cranial treatment is aimed not only at the relief of symptoms, but towards helping the body function better in all respects. Patients often report an improvement in general wellbeing, energy levels, sleep patterns and also in areas of symptoms other than those that brought them for treatment in the first place.
Cranial Therapist treat the whole person not just the condition. The wide variety of conditions that can be helped include:
… and much more.