What is Cranial Osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy is a very safe, effective, and gentle technique which involves the use of light pressure to enable the body to release tensions and strains.
It is most commonly associated as a technique used in the treatment of babies and children, but is suitable for all ages and can be very useful where patients do not like manipulation or in conditions such as osteoporosis where you do not want to exert a lot of force on someone’s body.
We are well known for cranial osteopathy in Sussex especially in Haywards Heath and the surrounding area. Our expert team has years of experience and are happy to discuss any specific issues or questions you may have. Our clinic is a happy and friendly place for adults and children alike. We also offer a wide range of appointment times to suit most needs.
If you are looking for cranial osteopathy in Sussex or would like a confidential chat to discuss whether cranial osteopathy would be an appropriate approach to your condition prior to booking an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact our Haywards Heath clinic.
Cranial Osteopathy for Babies and Children
Because of the gentle nature of cranial osteopathy it is highly suitable for treating babies and children. It can be very useful in assisting babies recover from the physical effects of birth, although bruising and head shape issues can often work themselves out, cranial osteopathy can assist where this process is incomplete. It can also help relieve stress throughout the baby’s body and help them sleep better, feed better, cry less, and generally be happier.
Cranial Osteopathy is also effective in toddlers and older children too.
Cranial Osteopathy for Adults
While often associated with the treatment of babies, Cranial Osteopathy is also very effective for treating adults too.
As each treatment is specifically tailored to your individual needs, as with a structural osteopathic approach, We might also advise you on self-treatment techniques, corrective exercise prescription and pain management.
What to expect
During a cranial osteopathy treatment, you will feel the the osteopath putting an extremely light pressure on different areas of your body. Some patients are aware of different sensations in their body while treatment is occurring, while others are unaware of anything happening at the time but say that they feel different afterwards. The majority of patients become very relaxed during treatment and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep. Sometimes babies do cry during parts of the treatment, this is usually helped by either feeding, sucking on a dummy or being distracted by playing with their toys or watching/listening to something on their parent’s phone.
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Cranial Osteopathy FAQs
Cranial osteopaths use a highly developed sense of touch to find areas within the body that are holding tension or strain, and to examine tissue quality throughout the body, including the head.
Cranial osteopathy works by using gentle touch to release tension from problem areas within the body, especially the skull. The restored function resulting from cranial osteopathy treatment can help with a wide range of conditions.
Absolutely. A cranial osteopath can assess your baby for any misalignments and for any tensions or strains that their head or bodies are holding. As a result, the skull is easily traumatised, especially in ventouse or forceps deliveries, breech births, caesareans and for big babies or fast deliveries. All of these scenarios can lead to health problems later on. Cranial osteopathy helps to counteract such issues and promotes maximum health.
On the first visit, we will take a detailed medical history of your child. We will ask questions about the birth and any presenting complaints. We will then carry out a medical examination to assess the nature of the symptoms and then carry out treatment according to our findings. We will always explain everything we do as we go along.
Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle and safe form of treatment and is suitable for babies, children and the elderly, as well as all ages in between.
Cranial osteopathy treatments are very gentle and generally very relaxing for babies and children. Some babies can become a little unsettled after treatment but in most cases, parents notice their child is calmer and more relaxed following treatment.
This is generally due to the changes happening in their bodies. In these instances, most parents report that their child was just a bit irritable for a few days. In most cases, parents notice their child is calmer and more relaxed following treatment.
In most cases treatment will be carried out during the first visit, following a full examination. If there is any reason we cannot treat your child, we will provide an explanation and refer you to your GP or an appropriate medical practitioner.
You do not need a GP referral to see a private cranial osteopath.
Every case is different. Usually babies respond quickly and benefit significantly from 2 to 6 treatments. We will have a better idea of the number of treatments required after the initial examination.
There is a small chance your child may be slightly unsettled for up to 48 hours following treatment, but in most cases, parents only notice a positive difference. There are little or no side effects from cranial osteopathic treatment.
Many health insurance policies include cranial osteopathy in treatments covered by their policy. Every insurance policy is different, so always check with your insurer prior to making an appointment for advice on what your individual policy covers.
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