Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy uses the gentlest level of touch of all the Osteopathic techniques.  But it is highly effective, uses the same principles of all the other osteopathic techniques and is popular with patients.  It is a type of technique, not a different form of Osteopathy.

It works with the body’s natural movement to release restrictions and improve circulation.  It can be used as a single treatment approach or in combination with other osteopathic techniques.

It is a treatment of choice for many patients because it is gentle, enjoyable to receive and most importantly they feel better.

Some people have heard of Cranio-Sacral technique, this came from Cranial Osteopathy and the treatment is very similar.  The difference is with an Osteopath you have a much higher degree level of initial training.

“I was suffering from headaches and fatigue after a concussion and struggled to identify any treatments that could help.  I stumbled across Louise online and decided to give it a go.  It has, without doubt, helped speed up my recovery.  Louise uses her knowledge of the body’s intelligence to gently guide it through its healing journey.  I have now fully recovered and living a full life once again.  Thanks Louise!”

Dawn G

Treating Babies and Children

Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle and non-manipulative treatment suitable for babies and children, from birth.  It can help sooth and relax them and release strains.  I have been treating babies and children since graduation and have studied paediatrics both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Babies usually improve over 3-4 treatments.  (If they are fundamentally well)

 

 

“I took my 8 week old daughter to Louise for cranial osteopathy… I would recommend cranial osteopathy to anyone… It was a bonus that Louise is incredibly supportive and has a lovely calming nature, something I certainly appreciated as a worried new mum.”

1st Time Mum.

“I took my 8 week old daughter to Louise for cranial osteopathy… I would recommend cranial osteopathy to anyone… It was a bonus that Louise is incredibly supportive and has a lovely calming nature, something I certainly appreciated as a worried new mum.”

1st Time Mum.

Research Published by the National Council for Osteopathic Research NCOR showed for Osteopathic Treatment of Babies and Children:

93% reported (by the parent) improvement one week post treatment.

This was composed of 60% reported as much improved.  6.6% reported no change and 0% reported any worsening of symptoms.

This data was collected from Osteopathic treatment for a wide variety of conditions and cannot be taken as evidence of treatment results for any particular condition or symptom.

Your Appointment

Case History

First we will spend time discussing why you are here and your medical history and lifestyle. This includes knowing about any medication you take and any test results you have like x-rays.  You are welcome to bring a family member or friend with you.

Examination

An examination is carried out to reach a diagnosis prior to treatment.  Osteopathy seeks to find the cause of your problem and so takes into account the whole body.  To see the influence of your overall posture,  I will often need to see you undressed to your underwear.  (This is usual practice)  If you are not comfortable with this please tell me.  Some people like to wear shorts and a vest.  If you wish me to leave the room while you undress please let me know.

I will ask you to do some simple movements, such as a forward bend.  I will also feel the soft tissue such as your back muscles.  I may do some orthopaedic testing of your joints and any relevant clinical examination such as reflexes or blood pressure.  I will also use Cranial palpation to aid the diagnosis and assessment of health.  

 

Treatment

I will do gentle techniques such as cranial osteopathy, balancing the ligaments and releasing the fascia.  These improve the circulation and improve flexibility and calm the nervous system.  Booking a Cranial Osteopathy treatment does not preclude you from receiving other Osteopathic techniques should you wish or if I consider them the best form of treatment for you.

It is more common for Cranial Osteopathy patients to be fully clothed during their treatment, once a diagnosis is reached.  However, thick clothes such as denim and leather may need to be removed.

During your appointment you are always welcome to ask questions,  I will be very happy to answer them.

 

 

After Your Treatment

Cranial treatment is generally relaxing so people often feel tired the same or following day.  Please tell me if you have an important event the next day and take care driving home after your appointment. 

Sometimes symptoms can move around as one area of the body is released and another is placed under new strain.

If you ever have any serious concerns about any symptoms between appointments please contact me. Thankfully these occasions are rare.

How long will I take to get better?

The simple answer is most patients will notice the benefit after the first treatment and will get over the worst of their symptoms in 4-6 treatments.  For babies this is usually 3-4 treatments.  A few people will need several treatments before they notice the benefit.  

The comprehensive answer depends on how long you have had the problem and how quickly your body can respond.  The older you are the slower your body responds.  This is not only because the body’s tissue becomes less vibrant with age but also because you have more latent injuries that your body has compensated for over life.  If you twisted your right ankle 20 years ago and as a result have favoured your left side when walking ever since putting more strain on your left hip.  Then you get carried away and dig the garden for 4 hours and wake the next morning with left hip pain.  You have a 20 year old left hip problem with 1 day of symptoms.  That is unlikely to get better in 1 treatment.

If you have a condition where I feel that Osteopathy has been clinically seen to be beneficial, but in your case its a ‘maybe’, I will discuss that with you.  I am an honest practitioner, who takes my duty of care seriously and practices within the scope of my training and experience and will never do a treatment if my professional judgement is that it will not be of benefit to you.

I seek to get people to the point where they are better than they were just before their symptoms started.  This gives a greater chance of longevity of results.  The tipping point between being well and in discomfort can be very narrow.  Many people reach that point easily and I don’t see them for years.  Some people need ongoing support.  If you are a young mum lifting small children it is not reasonable to expect to be ‘fixed’ until you can stop lifting so much.  But treatment could make life much easier for you during that time.

Will I get worse before I get better?

It can be completely normal for symptoms to sometimes get temporarily worse before they improve.  The most common side effect of cranial osteopathy is fatigue, this is usually experienced as being relaxed.  

If attending for treatment for migraine prevention it is possible treatment could trigger a migraine.  

It is part of my job to judge the right level of treatment for you.  If, when you return for your second appointment, you had symptoms post treatment you were not happy with, then I will adjust your treatment accordingly.  It takes time to get to know you and your body.   If you are concerned about this, please talk to me so I can give advice specific to you.

Will it Hurt?

Cranial Treatment is very gentle.  After treatment, as the benefit works through the body, there can still be aches and changes in symptoms as tensions are released and the body adjusts.

Will I need to take my clothes off?

Cranial Treatment is often given fully clothed.  But some clothes are too thick or inflexible for the ideal treatment.  You may also need to undress for examination purposes.

Will I need to avoid activity after treatment?

Cranial Osteopathy can leave you relaxed and it is best if you can enjoy that as a benefit, rather than push through it and do too much.

Do I need a Doctor's Referral?

No.  Osteopaths are classed as Primary health care providers.  This means our training is in depth enough we have been taught to look out for early signs and symptoms of more serious disease.  If I think you need to see a doctor I will tell you and where necessary I will write a referral letter.  If you have symptoms giving you serious concern it may be a good idea to see your GP first.  If you are unsure please contact me to ask for my opinion.

How can I pay?

Card, cheque or cash payments

What if something goes wrong?

This is unusual, the most common reason for complaints about Osteopaths is based on a breakdown in communication leading to a misunderstanding. So if you feel something has gone wrong please speak to me.  I do this job because I care about people so I want you to be happy. 

Cancellation Policy

I ask all patients to give me 24 hours notice of any cancellation or change to their appointment.  This gives me time to offer that appointment to another patient who may be waiting.  If patients cancel within the 24 hours period a cancellation fee of the full amount may be charged.