Cranial osteopathy follows the same principles mentioned earlier and does not just apply to the head. There are subtle and light techniques used to diagnose and address strains or dysfunctions of the different structures within the head and the living anatomy of the body.
Throughout time, following old injuries or trauma (such as a car accident or ski fall), your body may have adapted and compensated around lesions, that may be asymptomatic but contribute to other symptoms you are presenting with.
Working cranially, I would look for those lesions and aim to restore balance, expansion and release through the different structures, including membranes, fascias, muscle, ligaments, fluid, inter/intra osseous spaces etc. This would promote self-healing of your body.
Those techniques can be very subtle and sometimes it may feel like my hands are just resting on your body, but actually there is a strong connectivity settled between the osteopath and the patient’s body, where the osteopath is deeply reading through the body’s expression and different structures, looking for a way to help it to unfold and heal.
You may find yourself very dizzy, light-headed or very tired after a treatment, especially if you’ve never had cranial osteopathy before. Sometimes you may feel very emotional and touchy, if the treatment released an old emotional trauma.
Drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity and you should be fine after couple of hours! I usually say that any sort of side effect (if any) of the treatment should last between 12 to 24 hrs post consultation.
Cranial osteopathy is a well-known approach to babies but is also nicely effective on children, adult, and the elderly! like any other type of osteopathy.