Cranial, or Cranio-Sacral Osteopathy is not actually a separate form of osteopathy – anyone who calls themselves a ‘Cranial Osteopath’ will have trained as an osteopath and then chosen to do further detailed postgraduate study using this particular form of gentle assessment and treatment.
There is a great deal of controversy as to whether the anatomical principles of ‘Cranial’ Osteopathy are valid, whether ‘Cranial’ Osteopaths can feel what they think they can, & whether having felt it, treating it (what ever ‘it’ is!) can make a difference to health. The evidence base is weak, although this may be partly because osteopaths are generally better clinicians than they are researchers, & partly because the research is not funded in the same way as pharmacological research (where billions of dollars are at stake), although increasing amounts of research are being done, and as with any treatment (surgical, pharmacological, physical), it’s important to be able to quantify the potential risks & benefits so patients can make an informed choice.
Many of Helena’s patients state that Cranial Osteopathy, as a hands-on treatment, is profoundly relaxing (you can see some of their comments on the ‘Testimonials’ page); that it has relieved their pain (or other symptoms); and it has helped them function better and feel better in themselves. If you want to know if it is the right thing for you, read the good & the bad about it on the internet; speak to trusted friends who have experienced it; and give us a call with your questions.