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– Joseph Manuel Ponce

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Structural & Cranial Osteopathy

Osteo (bone) – pathy (sympathy) is a hands-on therapy which deals with the synergistic relationship between your body-frame, vital organs and mental processes

Often associated with musculoskeletal pain relief, osteopathy is a total system of healthcare which works with your structure to achieve total physical and mental wellbeing

about cranial osteopathy

The Osteopathic Cranial Approach

Cranial Osteopathy is an extremely gentle, holistic and minimally invasive method of working with the bones, muscles and other tissues of the body

Cranial osteopaths use a minimal amount of force to disperse dysfunctional patterns and unlock your body’s natural healing forces,  allowing your system return to healthy balance

Though originally developed as a treatment for the cranium, modern cranial osteopathy refers to a treatment modality which is applicable to the whole body

How Does It Work?

The cranial approach to osteopathy works with a subtle rhythmic motion expressed in your body, variously known as the primary respiratory mechanism or “tide”. Considered a fundamental expression of health, practitioners connect with the tide in order to detect and resolve strain patterns

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 Though invisible to the eye, cranial osteopaths experience the tide as a powerful surge revealing a dynamic world of flows, relationships, points of resistance and also avenues for freedom

Practitioners use no physical force, using instead intention to free your system and guide back to healthy balance

Benefits Of Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy has been found to successfully treat a wide range of conditions and symptoms in adults, including

  • wear-and-tear (osteo) arthritis alongside standard treatment
  • back & neck pain
  • tension headache & migraine
  • frozen shoulder following injury
  • sports’ injuries
  • fibromyalgia
  • digestive health
  • pregnancy care
  • care of the newborn
  • & lots more …

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Benefits For Babies & Children

Cranial osteopathy is a great way to check for and disperse retained birth trauma, helping to relax the whole family

The cranial approach can give your baby relief from

  • frequent crying and difficulty settling
  • problems with latching and suckling
  • constipation & tummy pain
  • sticky eyes, blocked nose, glue ear
  • irregular shaped head … and more

Older children can get relief from a range of painful syndromes associated with growth as well common injuries and many of the issues affecting adults 

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Cranial Osteopathic Treatment Side Effects & Risks

The cranial approach is considered a very safe form of treatment with relatively few risks. It is a drug-free natural therapy for all ages, including newborn babies, the elderly and women during pregnancy

As with any whole body intervention, treating one part affects the whole, with a potential for minor discomfort or irritation at the site of treatment or in a distant area

Rarely you may experience mild pain and other symptoms following a treatment. If these symptoms persist, or if you experience stronger pain you should contact your osteopath immediately for advice

    Craniosacral Biomechanics

    Working biomechanically, osteopaths direct the tide to harmonize the mechanical forces acting on your body and optimize your structure

    The involuntary motion or tide was discovered by the osteopath W G Sutherland while studying the mechanics of the cranium

    Though an excellent way of working with the head, the tide is expressed globally, making cranial osteopathy suitable for treating the whole body

    Dr Sutherland soon realized this and went to develop a more inclusive approach known today as the biodynamic craniosacral model

    Craniosacral Biodynamics

    The bio (life) dynamic (motion) approach is a natural evolution of biomechanics, one which acknowledges that the body is a self-organizing energy field

    The practitioner establishes a deep, empathic connection, listening to the energetic dynamics of your system, and responding solely with intention to help you achieve balance and health

    Rather than impose a treatment direction biodynamic cranial osteopaths follow an inherent treatment plan, allowing therapeutic priorities to emerge naturally to facilitate healing at the deepest level

    Distance Craniosacral Healing

    If you think we cranial osteopaths do absolutely “nothing” you’d be absolutely right! Craniosacral is an intention-based therapy closer to energy healing than body-work in the conventional physical sense

    Craniosacral osteopathy engages with your inherent tendency to maintain integrity, balance and health. A quality we call potency

    Identical to the chi of Chinese medicine and prana of yoga, potency is not a physical quantity, but rather an innate intelligence driving the complex organization of living systems

    Energy healing conforms more to quantum than classical mechanics: a world where fuzzy waves take on definite physical characteristics only when observed, and entangled particles mirror each other’s behaviour, instantaneously and across any distance, challenging all our notions of time, space and causation

    The effect of measurement on the fabric of reality, and the non-locality of quantum entanglement  are not mere mathematical constructs but have been demonstrated experimentally

    Distance work establishes an energetic resonance between client and practitioner, working in the realm of consciousness through intention

    If you find this surprising, it’s worth noting that it’s fundamentally no different from hands-on work where, despite light physical contact, the practitioner does nothing at all, working entirely through intention

    Indeed, patients receiving distance craniosacral treatment often remark how they feel their system responding, as if they are having hands-on therapy


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