About Cranial Osteopathy
The name of Cranial Osteopathy came from Dr William Garner Sutherland, who discovered this gentle motion of the bones in the skull in 1898. He subsequently named this motion “cranial rhythm”, hence the name of the technique.
It has since been discovered that this gentle motion is present all over the body and is referred to by Osteopaths as Involuntary Mechanism or more commonly, the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM). The name “Cranial Osteopathy” still remains yet the treatment can take place anywhere on the body and is used to treat the whole.
About Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM)
The PRM is a very small motion consisting of very small amplitude. It can take from 30 to 90 seconds for one cycle of motion. Tension in the body can disturb the PRM and, therefore, using a finely-tuned sense of touch, the Osteopath can sense from where this disturbance may be coming. This may even be away from the actual site of pain that the patient originally presented with. It can also give the Osteopath an overall sense of how the body is feeling, be that healthy, or stressed and tired. Treatment involves rebalancing the PRM so that through its self-healing capabilities, the body will be able to function at its optimum health.
The benefits of Cranial Osteopathy
Cranial Osteopathy treats the whole body so while it can be very effective in treating the presenting symptoms, a wide range of conditions can benefit from the treatment. These may include: