Cranial Osteopathy relies on the advanced palpatory skills of osteopaths who have undertaken specific additional study in the field of Cranial Osteopathy. According to the literature, with specialist training, cranial osteopaths are able to make subtle adjustments to the body’s 'cranial rhythm'. Please see below. Cranial Osteopathy can be used alongside regular osteopathic treatment or as a discrete clinical discipline. It is not just used on the head as its name would suggest, but on the whole body. Cranial Osteopathy is particularly popular with parents of babies and children, as well as those looking for an extremely gentle approach, such as those suffering from headaches. The mechanisms by which cranial osteopathy is claimed to work are yet to be fully understood, however, many patients report that they do experience an extremely calming effect on the body and accordingly, this treatment modality has a massive fan base.
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Cranial Osteopathy is a branch of osteopathy used by osteopaths who have undertaken additional further study with institutions such as British College of Osteopathic Medicine, Sutherland Cranial College, the European School of Osteopathy and a few other institutions. In order to be called an 'Osteopath' of any sort, practitioners must meet strict criteria for competent practice as primary healthcare practitioners regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. A 'craniologist', 'craniosacral therapist' or "osteomyologist' is not a trained osteopath.