Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle treatment approach that osteopaths use to assess and treat babies, children and adults that aims to support optimum health and well-being.
Cranial osteopathy uses the same principles that osteopathy is based upon, i.e. that there is an interconnection between our body’s physical structure and how our bodies function. Good balance and alignment of all parts of the body, in particular the many kinds of joint and soft tissues structures, allows the body’s nerves and circulation to work at their best.
The term cranial is used because the method is particularly appropriate for treatment of the head, jaw and face which may be very sensitive to touch. However, a cranial osteopath examines and may treat your whole body, not just your head.
When babies cry it can be difficult to figure out why. If they have been fed, winded, changed and cuddled you may be left questioning what the problem is.
As part of the consultation Viv Keohane (M. Ost, PG Cert Paeds, PG Cert Clin Ed.) conducts full and thorough musculo-skeletal examinations while looking for other signs that may lead to excessive crying. During the appointment Viv will explore various areas in your baby’s sleeping, feeding and playing routines. She will also take into account the family history, pregnancy history, birth history and the baby’s medical history looking for clues that my highlight the origin of the problem.
During the appointment Viv will conduct a standard infant examination which is very gentle, using her hands to search and identify possible areas of discomfort or dysfunction.
The case history and examination may highlight areas of discomfort or dysfunction and Viv can give appropriate advice on routines and osteopathic treatment may be able to help sooth and relax your baby. However, there are some cases that may require referring back to your GP or Paediatrician for further tests or screening.
Osteopathy is appropriate for children of all ages of development; we will assess your child individually to see where we might help. A common concern among parents is their childs gait. Infants who are just learning to walk can adopt some strange looking habits such as toe-walking or in-toing. Toe-walking or walking with knocked knees for example is normal at some ages but not at others and requires an experienced eye to distinguish what is normal and what is a concern. If you’re not sure is we can help, please contact reception and Viv will call you to discuss whether osteopathy might be the right approach for your child.
Osteopaths often assess and treat children and teenagers for joint pain and postural complaints. These areas of discomfort may be as a result of carrying heavy school bags, prolonged sitting when studying/ using smart devices or as a result of a sports-injury (or a combination of the above!). As with adults we take a full case history and conduct a thorough postural and movement examination to identify the underlying cause. Treatment options can then be discussed and a management plan implemented.
The answer to this depends upon the problem, how long you’ve had the problem and other factors like your age and current health status. Some issues are straight-forward while others are more complicated, involving many factors which may not all be related to the field of osteopathy. Depending on the outcome of the consultation and examination it may be more appropriate to refer you to a more appropriate health care professional. If osteopathy may be beneficial Viv will discuss the relevant factors of your case and you will agree a treatment and management plan at the initial consultation prior to treatment.