Cranial Osteopathy

At Brisbane Osteopathic Centre all our osteopaths use the very gentle approach called Cranial Osteopathy.  The word cranial doesn’t mean we are limited to treating just the head and face, we also treat anywhere else in the body including spinal pain and limb pain such as a sprained ankle. Have  alook at our What We Treat page to find out if we can help your pain.

The ability to treat the patient very gently means our team can work with you even if you are in severe pain, or are a more fragile patient such as a newborn, pregnant woman or elderly person.  We also work with adults, teenagers and children to alleviate aches and pains throughout the body. Our Who We Treat page goes into more detail about the common types of complaints each age group presents with.

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What is the difference between cranial sacral therapy and cranial osteopathy?

Craniosacral therapy is cranial osteopathy that has been taught to practitioners who are not osteopaths. The principles and techniques are the same, and treat similar conditions. Both focus on the health and balance of the body, but osteopaths spend 5 years at university, wereas craniosacral therapists may have only done a weekend course.

Unlike craniosacral therapists, when you see an osteopath you will be able to claim your treatment through private health insurers and through Medicare on a doctors referral for chronic disease management, or if you have a DVA card. Patients can also be referred on for further investigations such as x-rays if required.

Osteopaths study for five years at a government accredited University course. Once qualified, Osteopaths are governed by AHPRA, and are required every year to do continuing professional development (CPD). Our osteopaths are all members of Osteopathy Australia and have worked hard to improve our skills every year even before the regulations came into place requiring continuing education.

What does Cranial Osteopathy or Craniosacral therapy feel like?

Cranial treatment is extremely gentle. Patients remained clothed and usually lay on their back, although side lying or sitting positions can be used if patients are more comfortable, i.e. during pregnancy.

The osteopath places their hands under different areas of the body, including the head, and uses very small amounts of pressure to find balance points that allows the body to relax. There is no massage or gross movements of the body.  Some patients feel movement occurring through their body, some feel warmth.  Patients usually feel very relaxed and in some cases may fall asleep. Because the treatment is so gentle cranial osteopaths are able to treat all ages – from infants to the elderly. Cranial osteopaths are also able to treat patients with acute pain where other forms of treatment like physiotherapy, massage or chiropractic may be too painful.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required will depend on many factors. Acute conditions will often respond quickly to treatment and symptom relief may be achieved in 1-6 visits. Chronic conditions will often respond quickly to treatment as well but may require on going treatment to remain symptom free. People who have physical or stressful lifestyles often find maintenance treatment is a great way to keep pain and symptoms associated with stress, at bay.

Maintenance treatment is usually between once per month and once every three months.  Ask your osteopath whether maintenance treatment is appropriate for you.