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Updated: 01-Apr-2011

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History of Cranial Osteopathy

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Cranial osteopathy (also known as Craniosacral treatment, or Osteopathy in the Cranial Field) is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic manipulative treatment (please see our page on Osteopathic Medicine for more information on osteopathic manipulative medicine) that encourages the release of structural tension throughout the body by affecting the bones and membranes of the skull and central nervous system. It is a very gentle, yet extremely effective approach to the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, and may be used in people of all ages and constitutions.

The Cranial Rhythm--lnvoluntary Motion
Osteopathic physicians trained in cranial techniques are taught to feel a very subtle, rhythmical pulsation that originates with the movement of the central nervous system, and is carried through neuromusculoskeletal structures to all body tissues. This rhythmical motion is termed the Cranial Rhythmic Impulse, or CRI. The motion is minute, and therefore requires a very finely developed sense of touch. This rhythm was first described in the early 1900's by William G. Sutherland, D.O., and scientifically demonstrated in the 1960's and '70's.

Accumulation of biomechanical and functional strain in the body
Body tissues have a tendency to tense up when placed under physical and emotional strain or trauma. The body has an innate ability to adapt to these effects, but cannot always do so in a way that maximizes biomechanical structure and function throughout the rest of the body. Even with the ability to compensate for trauma and injury, lasting strains often remain secondary to the original injury. Any tensions which remain in the body can restrict its normal biomechanical movement. Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with accumulated stresses and disease symptomatology may develop.

Conditions treated with Cranial treatment
Cranial treatment is used to treat an array of injuries, painful conditions, and diseases. A few examples of conditions treated with Cranial treatment include:

  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Generalized pain disorders
  • Tension, cluster, and other headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Sinus problems
  • Recurrent infections
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Joint pain and sports injuries
  • Postoperative pain
  • Functional and organic bowel disorders
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Tinnitus
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia

Cranial techniques are also extremely helpful in treating a variety of pediatric illnesses and conditions, including:

  • Excessive crying
  • Colic
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Recurrent ear infections (otitis media)
  • Other recurrent infections
  • Asthma
  • Sinus and adenoidal problems
  • Behavior problems
  • Learning difficulties
  • Cerebral palsy and other types of brain damage

To learn more about Cranial Osteopathy, please visit the following sites:
Cranial Academy

 

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