Cranial Osteopathy is an extension of Osteopathy developed by William Garner Sutherland, DO. This technique involves a light contact of the practitioner’s hands on specific areas of the head, sacrum, and many areas of the body, in order to reestablish harmonious movement of something he called the Primary Respiratory Mechanism.
The Primary Respiratory Mechanism has five components:
- The mobility of the cranial bones;
- The involuntary mobility of the sacrum between the Ilia;
- The inherent rhythmic movement of the spinal cord and brain;
- Fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid; and,
- Changing tensions and mobility of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, referred to as the Reciprocal Tension Membrane.
All ages can benefit from Cranial Osteopathy, from adults with various systemic issues to helping babies unwind tensions and settle.