The involuntary approach to osteopathic practice, sometimes referred to as "cranial osteopathy", has developed from the discovery in the 1930's that small tolerances of movement exist within the human skull.
From this, an approach to diagnosis and treatment has evolved in which the osteopath's highly trained sense of touch is used to identify and correct disturbances and limitations of tissue mobility, not only in and around the joints of the skull, but throughout the body. The technical approach used involves extremely gentle, but specifically applied adjustments to the movement of body tissues. It is essentially a very safe method of diagnosis and treatment.
Osteopaths using this approach also use orthodox clinical investigations in their diagnostic process.
The cranial approach can help a wide range of conditions including certain cases of glue ear, migraine, dizziness, the effects of difficult or prolonged deliveries in babies and children, as well as orthopaedic and spinal conditions for which other osteopathic techniques would be inappropriate.
Osteopaths are concerned with the structural and functional integrity of the whole person and there are at present no formally recognised specialists or specialities. Nevertheless some osteopaths have a special interest or choose to concentrate on certain approaches such as cranial technique.
If you think that cranial technique or osteopathic treatment generally would be of benefit to you, contact your
local osteopath for advice.