“To find Health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease”Dr. A.T. Still, founder of Osteopathy
Cranial Osteopathy it is the name given to a subtle and refined approach to Osteopathy that follows all the principles of Osteopathy. Cranial Osteopaths use a highly trained sense of touch to feel subtle changes of tension and tissue quality in the living anatomy of the whole body, and to diagnose areas of strain or dysfunction.
In this approach, the Osteopath gently meets the restriction with their hands in such a way as to bring it to a point of balance where it can dis-engage and move more freely again (as opposed to yanking and cranking it to get it to move).
I specialise in ‘Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy’, which I think is best understood in contrast to a more mechanical approach to the work. If we think in terms of polar opposites; Biodynamic Osteopathy is the Ying, the feminine, the left brain approach to Osteopathic treatment. It puts a particular emphasis on recognysing the part within the context of the whole, which opens up an ocean of oportunity.
Being aware of the space between and around restrictions allows access to Health, movement and ease in even the tightest and most compressed parts of the body, allowing them to be more like a green twig again; full of sap, bendy and elastic.
This approach is ideally suited to treating all patients; from Adults to New Born Babies & Children, During Pregnancy and As We Get Older.
The best analogy that I have come up with for this work is to imagine you are sitting on a small beach with a number of fishing boats on it. The tide has gone out and the fishing boats are all stuck on the sand. Rather than putting allot of effort into moving a particular fishing boat back out to sea, the Biodynamic Approach to Osteopathic Treatment uses the tide coming back in to lift all the boats effortlessly back in the Ocean.
Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (Cranial Osteopathy) was founded on the original work of Andrew Taylor Still (founder of Osteopathy), and later developed by one of his students William Garner Sutherland. The Biodynamic Approach to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (Biodynamic Osteopathy and more recently known as Traditional Osteopathy) is also at the very core of what Still and Sutherland did. The term Biodynamic Osteopathy was coined by the late James Jealous DO (aslo know as Dr. Jim Jealous) and came from his study of the German embryologist and anatomist Erich Blechschmidt (and not from the Austrian-born philosopher Rudolf Steiner, though there are some similarities).
“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;T.S. Eliot
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.”
With 20+ years experience as a Cranial Osteopath, I treat a variety of different conditions on a daily basis;
- Back Pain
- Neck pain
- Joint Pain, including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis
- Muscle Spasms
- Cervicogenic Headaches
- Tension & Inability to Relax
- Arthritic pain
- Circulatory problems
- Digestion problems
- Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow
- Generalised aches and pains
- Minor sports injuries
- Rheumatic pain
The National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR) found that 96% of patients attending this clinic were either Very Satisfied or Satisfied with the osteopathic care they received; 93.8% of them experienced an improvement in their symptoms, of which 73% were either Completely Recovered or Much Improved.