Cranial, or Craniosacral 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. Other therapies such as cranio-sacral therapy and myofascial therapy use similar techniques to Cranial Osteopathy so there is some crossover (just as there is with Physiotherapy, Osteopathy & Chiropractic where all three sorts of practitioners might use high velocity 'thrusts' or 'manipulations' to produce a 'click' to release a joint).
Cranial Osteopathy is often suitable for people who are unable to tolerate stronger treatments such as manipulation or deep tissue massage and it can be applied to the whole body. The name 'Cranial' is a bit of a misnomer as it is not just about the head and in fact an osteopath may put their hands on the feet, the back, the ribcage, or the part that hurts to assess how tension or restriction in one area of the body may be causing another area to compensate, creating pain or altered mobility.
Many patients find Cranial Osteopathy profoundly relaxing and tell our Osteopaths that it has relieved their pain (or other symptoms), helping them function better and feel better in themselves.
Both Vitor and Helena studied Cranial Osteopathic technique at undergraduate college as part of their Osteopathy qualification and are able to include this approach in their treatments, based on their assessment and patient preference. In addition, Helena is an expert in the approach; she holds a postgraduate diploma in Cranial Osteopathy and has taught it extensively at postgraduate level to other osteopaths. Helena has been using Cranial Osteopathy for over 15 years, often in her work with pregnant mums, children, face & jaw pain and the osteopathic treatment of animals, as well as all the other problems people may have when they come to see an Osteopath.