Cranial osteopathy is a highly refined and subtle form of osteopathic treatment. It focuses on restoring your body to a state of balance and harmony and is a very gentle method of treatment, relief can be immediate. Cranial osteopathy is especially useful for the treatment of babies, children and the elderly; it encourages the body to release stress and tension.
For many babies the birthing process is one of the most stressful events they will experience in their entire life. During birth the baby, especially the head, is subjected to enormous forces when the uterus contracts and pushes it against the birth canal; this can cause structural stresses and strains in their body.
During a normal birth, the baby has to turn and twist as it squeezes through the bony pelvis on this short but tortuous journey. The baby's head has a remarkable ability to absorb these stresses by allowing the soft bones of the skull to overlap. This helps to reduce the diameter of the head enabling it to pass through the relatively small birth canal.
This is the reason many babies are born with irregular shaped heads, this "moulding" will normally disappear after the first few days. However, if the birth has been difficult compressions and strains may remain.
These stresses could cause your baby discomfort that can result in crying, feeding difficulties, sickness, colic, wind, sleep disturbances, recurrent infections including ear infections (glue ear), sinus and adenoidal problems.
If not resolved then these problems may in later life develop into headaches, migraine, neck pain, lower back pain or sinusitis. Releasing these stresses and strains when the baby or child is very young can give immediate relief to both the baby and the parents and help avoid future problems.
Here are some of the more common causes of lower back pain and conditions that Osteopaths frequently see and successfully treat. If you have any of the symptoms or pain described please do not hesitate to contact the clinic. We are waiting to help ease your pain and suffering.