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Understanding Cranial Osteopathy

Updated: Aug 26, 2023

Cranial osteopathy is a specialized form of osteopathic treatment that focuses on the subtle movements and rhythms of the cranial bones, including the skull and the sacrum (a large, triangular bone at the base of the spine). Practitioners of cranial osteopathy believe that gentle manipulation of these bones can influence the movement of cerebrospinal fluid and the function of the central nervous system, leading to various health benefits. One of the concepts within cranial osteopathy is the release of tension in the dura mater, which is a tough, protective membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Practitioners believe that tension in the dura mater can occur due to various factors, such as trauma, stress, or postural imbalances. Releasing this tension is thought to have a positive impact on overall health and well-being. The process of releasing tension in the dura mater through cranial osteopathy involves several steps:

Palpation and Assessment: The cranial osteopath uses their hands to gently feel for subtle rhythms and movements within the cranial bones, the sacrum, and other structures. They assess the quality of these movements and identify any areas of restriction or imbalance.

Gentle Manipulation: Using very light and precise touch, the practitioner applies subtle manual techniques to encourage relaxation and realignment of the cranial bones. These techniques may involve holding specific points, applying gentle pressure, or using minimal rhythmic movements.

Listening to the Body: Cranial osteopaths often talk about "listening" to the body's inherent rhythms and responding to the body's own healing mechanisms. The idea is that the practitioner's touch and intention facilitate the body's natural ability to self-regulate and heal.

Facilitating Fluid Movement: Practitioners believe that releasing tension in the dura mater and other structures can enhance the circulation and flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which nourishes the central nervous system. Improved fluid movement is thought to support the body's self-healing processes and promote overall health. Ann Shivas brings over 9 years of invaluable experience in the field of Osteopathy. Her journey has taken her across the globe, where she has had the privilege of working closely with professional athletes, aiding them in their pursuit of optimal health and performance. Ann's passion for Osteopathy extends beyond the limelight, as she is dedicated to sharing her extensive knowledge with her local community in Comox Valley, Courtney, and Cumberland. Through her work, Ann aims to raise awareness about the remarkable benefits of Osteopathy and its potential to transform lives. For those seeking to experience the advantages firsthand, appointments can be conveniently booked online via this link: Book Now.

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