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Cranial Osteopathy

It is believed that the cerebrospinal fluid, which protects and nourishes the membranes encasing the brain, spinal cord and sacrum pulse at a certain speed. A skilled practitioner will be able to detect disturbances in the flow which can lead to tension in the body. Using gentle manipulation of the cranial and spinal bones, the treatment boosts the cranial rhythmic impulse (CRI) boosting blood and other circulatory systems. Cranial osteopathy is said to be particularly successful with children who suffer from recurring infections, colic, or 'glue ear'.

Sometimes referred to as paediatric osteopathy, cranial osteopathy was developed in America in the 1930's and is said to be particularly effective on babies and young children. Often distortions occur in babies' skulls as a result of traumatic births which can result in irritability and colic, and possibly other problems in later life.

What to Expect
When this treatment is practised on children and babies, it will be parents who will be asked about the patient's behaviour and symptoms. A skilled practitioner will carefully and gently manipulate the child's skull, often as a parent reads or talks to the child. Adults will be asked to lie on a treatment table with loose clothing and probably bare feet.

Training & Colleges
It is a criminal offence for anyone not on the register of the General Osteopathic Council to call themselves an osteopath. All practitioners will have completed a four-year, full-time BSc degree course; some may have done an MSc.

Professional Bodies
General Council and Register of Osteopaths,
56 London Street
Berkshire RG1 4YR.

Osteopathic Information Service
PO Box 2074
Berkshire RG1 4YR.

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