Cranial Osteopathy is a specialist area of osteopathy that concentrates on the fine movements of the bones of the head, the cranial bones. The brain is immersed in a fluid called cerebro-spinal fluid that bathes and protects the tissues in and around the brain. This fluid pulsates at around 6-15 times a minute, in a healthy craniosacral system, and is known as the cranial sacral rhythm. By manipulating the bones of the head and face the cranial osteopaths can encourage and improve the circulation of cerebro-spinal fluid, helping the body restore itself to health.
Although the name suggests manipulation of the head, cranial osteopathy is a treatment of the whole body. Treatment may also involve the use of other osteopathic techniques. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used for a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.
Cranial osteopathy for young babies Birth can be a traumatic experience for both mother and baby. During delivery the baby’s head is compressed and moulded to travel through the birth canal. The bones of the head are designed to flex and overlap during this journey and many of us can bear witness to some of the resulting odd shaped heads. After delivery the head gradually un-moulds over the next few days. However, this unmoulding process may be left incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult. In cases such as these cranial osteopathy can be particularly effective. The osteopath can work to gently release tension in the baby’s body and can often relieve discomfort.
Julie Alce DO MRO
I qualified as an osteopath 19 years ago. I studied for 4 years at the British School of Osteopathy. Since then I have worked in two unique projects in the voluntary sector. I have also worked for a GP in the NHS. I moved to Brighton about 3 years ago with my family and have built a busy practice.
Our Cranial Osteopath therapist clinic is located in Brighton, Sussex.
Our cranial osteopathy clients come to us locally and also travel from places further away such as| Hove | Eastbourne | Crawley | Worthing | Shoreham by Sea | Horsham | Guildford | East Grinstead | Royal Tunbridge Wells | Haywards Heath | Bognor Regis | Hastings | Bexhill | Lewes | Uckfield | and throughout Sussex and West Sussex