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.