How Cranial osteopathy helps with Fascia Adhesions

What is cranial osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy is a part of osteopathy. Osteopathy is an allied health care profession in the UK whose aim is to help people to understand their problem, promote function in an ever changing environment and improve the quality of life by gentle manipulation and mobilisation of muscles and joints. However, the area where cranial osteopathy does differ is the application of the treatment techniques. It is suggested that cranial osteopaths have a very well-developed touch sensitivity which allows osteopaths to diagnose and treat the body by gently feeling for natural movement of the body tissue and its fluids.

How does cranial osteopathy work?

Cranial osteopaths are able to feel for areas in your body which functions are reduced by utilising a very well-developed sense of touch. This allows them to feel the restrictions of muscle tissues, joints and movement of bodily fluids. All of the above are crucial to a good functioning of the body.

What to expect during the treatment?

The treatment usually consists of three main stages. Those are subjective or the questioning, objective or the physical examination and the treatment. After your osteopath has asked you enough questions to help him/her to tailor an appropriate examination plan, your osteopath will then proceed to examine you. After the physical examination is complete, your osteopath will discuss the findings with you and suggest an appropriate treatment plan which will be delivered only after gaining your consent. 

What are fascia adhesions?

Fascia is a smooth and flexible connective tissue which surrounds visceral organs, which are located in the tummy area, as well as muscles. It provides smooth movement of one tissue over another preventing friction which can cause a development of pain and ache and reduced function. Fascia can become less flexible and ‘gummy’ if there is not enough physical movement to maintain its good health, or the area affected is being overworked due to a repetitive movement which is performed numerous times daily. Also, surgeries and operations can have a negative impact on the health of the fascia. Once its flexibility is challenged, facia can become less mobile and ‘gummy’ as mentioned above. This can cause it to stick to other tissues eventually reducing the efficacy of its function.

What are the symptoms of fascia adhesions?

Most common symptom of fascia adhesions is pain felt in the affected area. Pain or ache can be continuous, or it can be caused during a movement of the affected area. It may also reduce the mobility and overall function of the body part where fascia has formed an adhesion.

How can cranial osteopathy help with fascia adhesions?

Although direct evidence of the effectiveness of cranial osteopathy on fascial adhesions are lacking, we believe that cranial osteopathy can help you to manage the symptoms and promote recovery. The reason for our opinion is because, as discussed earlier, cranial osteopaths help to relax the affected area and promote natural movement of body fluids, which also promotes the flow of nutrients. Hence, tissue relaxation and supply of fresh nutrients into the affected area can improve the function as well as reduce or help to get rid of your symptoms altogether.

We hope this information is useful for you. If you need advice or have any questions about our treatments, please contact us. You can find us in Mill Hill Broadway and Islington. We are always happy to help. If you like this blog, please share!



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