Cranial Osteopathy for London

Cranial Osteopathy with John & Gervais.

John has been providing Cranial Osteopathy to London since 2001.  Gervais received a Masters in Osteopathy from the European School of Osteopathy where Cranial Osteopathy is integral to the training they provide.

What is Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head. It is not as the name might suggest a form of scalp massage, but instead a series of supportive contacts on different parts of the body, most commonly as the patient lay on their back.

The points of contact go beyond the head, and may include contact on the arms or legs, under the mid back, and with the patient's permission under the lower back and sacrum (tail bone). This subtle engagement can contribute to a profound relaxation for the patient, and this forms part of the therapeutic effect.

In some instances the gentle assistance afforded by cranial osteopathy is more appropriate than direct mechanical treatment and provides sufficient a “push” to overcome those obstacles that prevent patients from moving and functioning as they should.

Many patients come for cranial osteopathy alone, and others are introduced to the technique as a relaxing and effective addition to the direct physical manipulation of conventional osteopathic techniques. As always treatment is tailored to the individual, and the osteopath will combine techniques to provide what they consider will be the most effective in each case.

How does Cranial Osteopathy work.

Several mechanisms have been proposed over the years to explain the beneficial effects that many patients experience from this approach.

John took the view early on, that the profound relaxation that patients can experience after a relatively short period of cranial work was a driver for at least part of the improvements they reported. That is not to say that patients simply need to relax, that would be too simplistic.

Since then, research has greatly increased our understanding both of pain science, and the consequences of stress to our health and perception of pain. Meditation, mindfulness, breathing techniques, and other methods to assist us moderate our stress levels, have gained credibility as evidence of their positive effects, both physical and psychological have been observed.

The pain, dysfunction, and negative impacts upon our quality of life that many patients experience is a very real source of stress. That this stress forms part of a vicious cycle that can hinder a patients’ recovery is increasingly well understood, as is the role that chronic stress in itself plays in increased risk to episodes of pain and ill health.

John’s opinion, increasingly supported by evidence from trials conducted on the effects of the cranial approach, is that cranial osteopathy can for many patients, provide in a short period of time a level of relaxation profound enough to reduce the experience of pain and dysfunction. In addition, that this unburdening can provide sufficient momentum to free up resources within the patient that can shift the balance in their favour. Through the use of other appropriate osteopathic techniques and advice osteopaths can use this shift to further facilitate meaningful change for the patient.

How can I find out more?

There is a great deal more that can be said on the subject, and John would be happy to speak with you should you wish to know more before proceeding to book with himself or Gervais.

Through the Bookings page you can arrange a free 15 minute phone consultation to learn more, or alternatively you can book online either a new patient consultation (includes treatment), or for existing patients an osteopathic follow-up in which the cranial approach can be used if you wish.

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