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Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle treatment that works by applying pressure to gently stretch the sutures on the head and spine. Cranial treatment e skull, ligaments and tendons. Osteopathic Cranial treatment can improve the range of movement in joints, free trapped nerves and help with many other conditions. Many people have visited cranial osteopaths with their babies or recommended that others solve sleep and feeding problems that don’t always respond to traditional medicine. It is also useful for people who require a gentle approach. Also, for people with long term pain and discomfort relating to old physical injuries or birth trauma. Cranial is also great for relieving everyday stress and tension. Hatfield Practice offers a free newborn baby cranial check to help resolve any newborn baby worries.  We treat babies up to two weeks old for free.

What’s behind cranial osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy works with the body’s spinal, lymphatic and fluid pathways. The gentle treatment helps to aid the bodies self-healing mechanisms. Cranial can help remove blockages within the bodies fascia, nerves, and involuntary mechanisms to help your bodies heal processes. Our bodies internal tissues move rhythmically and cyclically.  Most of these processes are automatic and without your conscious control.  This is scientifically described as your autonomic nervous system. The rhythm palpated by cranial osteopaths is subtle but can be palpated, perceived and felt in a way that the Dr can feel your  ‘pulse ‘ on your arm. Cranial  Osteopaths are trained at the highest levels, and most of the education and practice is at a post-graduate level.  Cranial osteopaths use their trained sense of palpation to diagnose and treat the more subtle aspects of our bodies functioning.


Many conditions respond well to cranial osteopathy.

Many conditions may respond well to cranial osteopathy. People attend for back and neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, fibromyalgia and some digestive problems. Cranial is particularly suitable for babies and small children. In part, we think it is due to their youthful energy, which appears to speed their response to gentle but direct Cranial Treatment. 

Cranial osteopathy has its roots in classical osteopathy. Cranial treatment helps to address imbalances in our bodily systems. Cranial Osteopathy looks at the relationship between the body’s “structure” and its functioning at any point in time. Your Cranial Osteopath will employ effective techniques and use gentle hand and fingertip contact to treat you. Your Cranial Osteopath will palpate disturbances in the fascia (the glue that holds us all together), bones and soft tissues. They will feel for distortions and restrictions in how your body works and apply specific techniques to help re-address balance to your body.

Cranial Osteopathy in Hatfield gentle treatment for Adults, children and babies

Cranial Osteopathy at the Hatfield Practice


Cranial for babies and children

The gentle practice of cranial Osteopathy is particularly suitable for babies and small children. Cranial is also wonderful for the treatment of adults and the elderly. Patients are often impressed by how light touch has such a profound effect on our bodily systems and our aches and painDuring your cranial osteopathy treatment, the osteopath will begin by asking questions about the baby to find out whether you had a good pregnancy and a problem-free birth.

Visiting a cranial Osteopath

The cranial osteopath starts by taking a detailed medical history. This part of the treatment often helps bring to light details that may have previously been looked over.  Once the osteopath has all the medical and historical information, the physical examination begins. Often the first thing the osteopath will do is hold the babies gently.  Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel subtle, fundamental movement within the body structure. Special attention is paid to symmetry and whether that movement is asymmetrical or stronger on one side. They also feel for whether there are any tensions or strains within the body’s cranium or structural bones and joints. The osteopath will then use really gentle pressure to adjust and help resolve the tensions and strains. Cranial osteopathy can be very powerful yet has a very soothing nature. Cranial osteopathy treatment helps the baby to feel more relaxed and contented.

The most common issues treated by cranial osteopath are-


  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Infantile Colic
  • Reflux/silent reflux
  • Recurrent ear infections


Osteopaths using the Cranial Technique

Cranial Osteopaths can be effective in the treatment of chronic health conditions. Many problems don’t respond to typical medication or standard Physiotherapy. Cranial is focused on improving general circulation and reducing tissue tensions and ligament stress. Health is really about allowing the body to work at its optimum, allowing energy to flow and the immune system to function efficiently. Babies and young children often respond very well to treatment from a Cranial Osteopath. Treatment may help resolve many discomforts and distortions from infancy or traumatic birth. Expectant Mums will often find Cranial very effective during the difficult times of pregnancy when bodies are in a state of flux and under hormonal influences of relaxin.  At this point, fast-moving physical re-adjustment (compensation) happens, and the body can feel painful or out of balance. Osteopaths using the Cranial Technique are, in essence, Traditional Osteopaths with degree-level training and years of experience. Osteopaths have a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology and a complex understanding of the body. The  Osteopathic “cranial” technique is a  specialised field. Osteopaths pay to train at a postgraduate level. They have the same highly trained medical skills in differential diagnosis, treatment and clinical testing.


Cranial Osteopathy in Hatfield

Baby Maisie ‘ Cranial at the Hatfield Practice has helped her colic’.


The Osteopathic Centre for Children

The Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy is a specialist osteopathy charity that makes osteopathy an option for all children and families. The Osteopathic Centre for Children is the name of our dedicated Paediatric clinicOur mission is to train skilled and knowledgeable Paediatric osteopathsresearch osteopathy for children, and provide excellent osteopathic care for children and pregnant post-natal women at our dedicated Paediatric clinic. We treat all patients, regardless of their ability to pay for treatment. We always treat holistically to help restore, maintain and support health and well-being.