Osteopaths are trained in therapeutic approaches that are suitable for a broad range people, including pregnant women, children and babies. Osteopaths are statutorily regulated primary healthcare professionals (since 2017 we have been given Allied health Professional status by the NHS) who work in private healthcare and/or primary, secondary and tertiary care in NHS settings. Undergraduate training for osteopaths includes paediatrics and many osteopaths hold specialists post-graduate qualifications in paediatric osteopathy.
Cranial osteopathy is just one of a large range of techniques used by osteopaths for treating patients presenting with musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal symptoms. Osteopaths who practice cranial osteopathy place their hands gently on the head and over the sacrum which is part of the pelvis.
Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle form of osteopathy that encourages the restoration of the body’s balance and helps to remove any underlying tensions and relax your baby.
Babies’ skeletons are softer than an adult’s. Cranial osteopathy uses a variety of gentle handholds and movements on your baby’s body to help soothe and relax your baby following his/her birth. These handholds are used on special points on your baby’s head and body and are done in a gentle sympathetic way.
Osteopaths spend four to five years in training so that they have a good understanding of how all the body’s organs, joints and muscles all interrelate and correspond with one another.
These relationships become more relevant during pregnancy as the body progressively adapts to the unique stresses imposed upon it (especially as it prepares for the birth process)
During this unique time inevitably some issues may arise and osteopaths are well situated to help diagnose and resolve these problems. Common complaints include:
Information provided by the Buxton Osteopathy Clinic