Cranial Osteopathy was developed by William Garner Sutherland in 1899, he discovered that the 26 bones in the skull whilst fused allow microscopic movements. He found that the bones and underlying structures are continuously moving with their own rhythm, the movement unlike breathing is beyond our conscious control and referred to as 'involuntary movement'. These tiny physiological movements in the head are vital for health and cranial osteopaths using refined palpatory skills can focus on any of these obstructions to the microscopic movements that may have been caused by trauma/injury.
Although treatment will frequently involve holding and working with the head and contained structures the term 'cranial' can be a little misleading and indeed treatment often involves interaction with many body parts including peripheral joints as well as sacrum(back of pelvis) and spine.
Cranial Osteopathy is often associated with treatment of babies and children but there are great benefits in the treatment of adults too, including headaches, traumatic injuries, sinus and jaw problems and many others.