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Craniosacral Therapy or Cranial Osteopathy? – What’s the difference?

In many ways, some Craniosacral Therapists (depending upon where they were trained) and Cranial Osteopaths tend to treat the same sorts of problems that an Osteopath will encounter and help people with in clinic.

These things include:

Low Back Pain

Neck Pain

Shoulder Pain

Headaches, related to Stress & Tension

Irritable Bowel related to Stress & Tension 

Pregnancy Pains

Other causes of pain can be examined and possibly relieved, but you would need to speak with us to find out what we may be able to do to help.

An older lady receiving cranial osteopathy / craniosacral therapy treatment

Craniosacral therapy & Cranial Osteopathy utilise the same sorts of mechanism of treatment (very small, almost imperceptible movements in the joint, muscle and ligamentous tissues of the body), the differentiation between the two lies in the knowledge behind the anatomy, physiology and treatment plan along with being registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) in the U.K.

Here at Baks Osteopathy Maidstone, we have practitioners who were both trained in Cranial Osteopathy at the European School of Osteopathy. Phil Wise who is registered with the GOsC, and Svetlana Wise who has chosen to not register with the GOsC, both are very happy and capable of helping you with your pain relief needs.

Craniosacral Therapists & Cranial Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance, Imagine, for example, a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after only a few thousand miles, the tyre will wear out. 
You can apply this example to the human body, which is why it is so important to keep the body in good balance, to avoid excess wear and tear.  This is why having treatment from youth to old age is important in helping to reduce the timing for the onset of degeneration in the spine and areas such as knees, hips and ankles.

Here at Baks Osteopathy, we use a wide range of Cranial techniques to focus on every patient’s precise needs and tailor the treatment to suit each individual. 
Craniosacral Therapists & Cranial Osteopaths can assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports people. 


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