Cranial Osteopathy


Cranial Osteopathy

Bendigo Osteo has a strong reputation for practicing Cranial Osteopathy. It is an area of clinical focus and we regularly use it as a form of treatment. All our Osteopaths at Bendigo Osteo annually participate in Cranial and Biodynamic Training Courses in Australia and New Zealand with Osteopathic Studies.

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy works with the Primary Respiratory Mechanism of the body. The Primary Respiratory Mechanism is a breathing-like motion that is present in all the tissues of the body. (Not just the head as the name might suggest).

Throughout life our body experiences a range of stresses, including physical, traumatic, emotional and nutritional. Your body works hard to remove these stresses, yet a lasting strain pattern might remain. Then these strains can begin to disrupt the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM). This may result in reduced flexibility of muscles, ligaments and joints. Furthermore this then affects your body’s ability to adapt to further stresses and predisposing you to injury.

Cranial osteopaths feel these strains in the Primary Respiratory Mechanism that are preventing the expression of optimal health. Using subtle touch and pressure the osteopath palpates the Primary Respiratory Mechanism.  This gently assist the body to release any unwelcome strain and enables a state of health and balance to be restored.

At Bendigo Osteo, Cranial Osteopathy is most commonly used for treatment of persistent headaches/migraines, pregnancy/pelvic tension, cranial strain in babies after the trauma of birth, children and stress induced muscular skeletal conditions.

For more information  you can visit the Southern Cranial Teaching Foundation of Australia and New Zealand.

Whilst cranial osteopathy has been practised for years, there is a limited amount of research available. We believe it’s effective but for more information see Osteopathy and Research .