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Cranial Osteopathy in Dublin

cranial-osteopathyOsteopathy is a hands on approach to healthcare recognising the important link between the structures of your body & the way it works. Osteopaths focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerve system and circulation work together to improve your health & well-being.

What Is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy originated from the work of osteopath William Sutherland in the early 1900’s. This gentle but powerful form of osteopathy uses the patient’s cranial rhythm for diagnosing and treating tensions and dysfunctions in the body. Cranial osteopaths believe that the skull is not a rigid structure, its bones move in a rhythmic manner throughout life. Cranial osteopaths focus on the pulsing of the fluid which nourishes and protects the membranes surrounding the brain, spinal cord and sacrum, this pulsing is called the Cranial Rhythm (or Primary Respiratory or Involuntary Mechanism), it is a movement of expansion and contraction of all the tissues of the body. Cranial osteopaths believe that any disturbances in the flow of this fluid will reflect pressures on the cranial bones or injuries or tensions in the body.

Cranial Osteopathy Session – What To Expect

Cranial osteopathy is a non-invasive therapy. Using light touch, practitioners assess the quality of the patients’ Cranial restrictions, rhythm and compare it to what they consider to be a normal mobility and rhythm, they can then judge the state of the patient’s body and how well it is functioning. During a session the practitioner will delicately manipulate the cranial and spinal bones in order to restore the cranial bone restrictions, the rhythm, boost blood circulation and drain lymph and sinus fluids in the head. While the practitioner holds the appropriate bones and gently manipulates tissues, the patient is asked to concentrate on releasing tension and breathing.

The below video demonstrates the composition of the human skull and the relationship between the cranial bones. One can see the importance of the Cranial Treatment.