What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle Osteopathic technique that can be applied to all areas of the body. Typically, there is minimal pressure applied to the patient.

It is important to understand that Cranial Osteopathy is not isolated to the head.

Cranial osteopathy or Craniosacral therapy?

Cranial Osteopathy or Craniosacral therapy are interchangeable titles. It more formally can be called Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.

Osteopathy in the cranial field has been practiced since the early 1930’s:

Dr William Sutherland in the early 1930’s, considered the idea of subtle movement within the whole body, with what he hypothesised had a relationship to expansion and contraction of the cranium, and with respiration.

Dr Sutherland and his colleagues theorized that injury or illness could disrupt this subtle movement that they could palpate with their hands and that this could alter the homeostatic mechanisms in the body, or the body’s natural ability to regulate and heal itself.

Practitioners who choose to treat in this way, must undergo extensive post-graduate training in order to palpate subtle imbalances or strains within this movement throughout the whole body – arms or legs, front or back, feet or head, for example.

What can I expect from Cranial Osteopathy?

Whether your practitioner practices Cranial Osteopathy, or chooses other techniques during your treatment, they are used in conjunction with general health advice and management. Your practitioner will take a full and comprehensive case history prior to your treatment.

Hands on treatment consists of subtle compressions or changes in pressure where changes in tissues or motion can be felt.

Cranial Osteopathic treatment is appropriate for adults, adolescents or children and infants. 

Alternatively, please call our clinic on 03 9873 2307 to speak to one of our Osteopaths.