The term Cranial Osteopathy is a misnomer: it is a name we have inherited. Cranial osteopathy is one of the most gentle approaches to osteopathy and can be applied everywhere and anywhere in the body. Bone is a flexible, plastic material that deforms under load, like steel does in buildings and bridges. In fact, its flexibility is part of its strength. The tiny joints between the bones of the head, the sutures, allow even a little more flexibility to this living structure.

If the living body is a self-renewing, self-recouperating and self maintaning system, (see "What is Osteopathy") any changes to its state that the body makes, can only be towards health. The body cannot, of itself, make a change towards disease. Therefore the fundamental principle of cranial osteopathy is to allow the body to make its own changes from within, what the body wants to do, and not for the practitioner to impose a prescription of treatment from outside. For this, the osteopath has to develop a highly acute sense of palpation, in order to 'read' what the body requires and to work with the body, without imposing from outside. This principle applies throughout the body.


During treatment the osteopath might appear to be very still and quiet. Some patients report that they feel the treatment working inside their body; some patients are unaware and may even fall asleep. Cranial osteopathy can be very relaxing.

Applications of cranial osteopathy

Many peolple like this approach because it is so gentle.  Patients have come complaining of a wider range of problems than you would think.   For further information please see  What do people come with?