Cranial osteopathy is the most gentle of all the approaches. I have used this since graduating from the European School of Osteopathy many years ago. It is well known for helping to settle babies who have been through a traumatic birth. A distressed crying baby causes much heartache.

The first time I really saw the beneficial effects of stress relief using cranial osteopathy was treating a new born baby boy who was endlessly crying. There was no underlying medical condition. To my pleasure, on his first session he relaxed and beamed at his parents. It was only for two or three minutes but it was a start, allowing the bonding process between him and his mother to be established.

Cranial osteopathy is the subject of much debate among osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists. There are some who believe in its benefits and others who are not so sure. This approach is suitable for many patients who are in too much pain and spasm for traditional manipulations, and for those whose medical problems contraindicate normal osteopathy. Cranial osteopathy, with its safe and gentle approaches, can ease some of the soft tissues and joint, enabling the body to repair and recover.