What is Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy is a gentle and effective form of pain relief that can be used to treat a wide range of different issues. The gentle treatment seeks to relieve stresses and tensions on the body that may be there as a result of everyday life, trauma, birth strain etc.  Cranial osteopathy can be directed anywhere on the body and is not just applied to the head, it is great treatment for everyone from babies to elders.

What can cranial osteopathy treat?

It is a very effective osteopathic treatment and can treat anything that physical therapy can help, such as neck, back and shoulder pain, sciatica pain, arthritis, neck stiffness. It is gentle and effective, and an excellent treatment for adults and babies.

What is the Involuntary Motion Osteopaths Feel for?

The Involuntary Mechanism or the Cranial Rhythm is a rhythmical tissue shape change that is present in all body tissues. The movement was first described by Dr. William G. Sutherland more than 100 years ago, and its existence has been confirmed during research dating back to the 1960’s and 1970’s. The movement patterns are very subtle and cranial osteopaths develop their skill to work with with this movement over many years.

Why do these stresses and strains occur?

Modern life exists in the fast lane, and due to everyday life stresses we experience physical and/or emotional stress. As a result our body tissues tend to tighten up. Although our bodies are really good at adapting to stress at the time, lasting tension can remain. This can prevent free movement of the body, and as time goes by the accumulated stresses may start to develop pain and other symptoms.


Osteopathy Letchworth we treat people, not conditions or syndromes. If you are uncertain whether we can help you, or which type of therapy to choose, please call or email to ask.

  • Osteopathy

  • Acupuncture

  • Orthotics

  • Homeopathy

  • Sports & Remedial Massage