Craniosacral osteopathy

Cranio-sacral osteopathy is a type of gentle, indirect, manual treatment that aims to assess and improve the functioning of the cranio-sacral system.

Cranio-sacral treatment allows the body to play its self-regulating, self-healing role and therefore helps to relieve physical pain, whether acute or chronic.

Principles and Practice of Craniosacral Treatment

Craniosacral treatment acts on the bones of the skull and their sutures, on the spinal column, but also on the meninges, the circulatory system, the central nervous system and on the various tissues of the body, such as connective tissues, muscles and their tendons, ligaments and viscera.

Treatment Techniques and Benefits

The osteopath assesses the freedom of movement of the different bones of the skull by means of fine palpation. The techniques vary according to the dysfunction and the indication. Most of them are indirect. They increase the mobility of the tissues and promote good vascularisation and innervation, satisfactory blood and lymphatic drainage.

The therapist makes special captures on the skull, the spine, the sacrum or the thorax. He relaxes these areas. Stimulates by light traction movements, or by induction, the spread of the water fluid from one part of the body to another.

Patient experience during treatment

The movements practised by the osteopath are very light.

However, the patient often feels a sensation of warmth and energy flow which can feel distant from the point of treatment, can feel a deep relaxation during the treatment and can fall asleep.
After the consultation, the organism will integrate all this new information and regain all its abilities to self-regulate. In the days following the session, most patients report a deep and healthy fatigue.

Warnings and Contraindications

Certain disorders require prior exclusion of any underlying disease or pathology.

This approach is beneficial for people in whom structural manipulation (or high mobilisation) is contraindicated, such as the elderly or pregnant women.

Craniosacral (and functional) osteopathy is an approach that could almost be self-sufficient because it acts on the deep tissue and is not traumatic, so it has no contraindications or age limit.
Its field of action is very wide, here are some examples of disorders that can be treated:

In adults:

Headaches and migraines,
Cranial nerve dysfunctions,
Sleep disorders,
Treatment after an accident,
Lymphatic, immune or hormonal system disorders.
Stress and exhaustion, psychosomatic disorders,
Static, auditory, visual problems,
Allergies, Asthma,
Arthrosis, rheumatism, ...

In children

Developmental disorders, dyslexia or learning difficulties,
Sleep disorders,
Treatment accompanying orthodontic ...

In babies:

Postnatal treatment in infants and children,
ENT disorders, ...

Elfie Prissette
Elfie Prissette

Osteopath graduated from the Institut Dauphine d’Ostéopathie

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