We all want our children to grow up healthily and happily. Osteopathic centres offer a variety of specialised osteopathy treatments in Singapore, such as structural, visceral and cranial osteopathy. Read on to learn more about this form of osteopathy, as well as the health benefits that it brings to your child.
What is cranial osteopathy?
Cranial osteopathy is a branch of osteopathy that focuses on applying gentle pressure along the head and spinal region to relieve pressure and tension, treating numerous conditions across the body. It utilises the same principles that osteopathy is founded upon, such as a whole-person approach as well as non-invasive treatments that manipulate the body’s musculoskeletal framework and restore balanced function throughout the body, while seeking to address root issues of conditions rather than symptoms alone.
Cranial osteopaths at osteopathic centres in Singapore have honed their sense of touch through years of formal training and hands-on experience, allowing them to feel for subtle disturbances and rhythmic motions in patients system. They utilise their hands to generate soft manipulative pressure via cranial palpation techniques to release stresses throughout the body, as well as encouraging the body to activate its own innate healing for a more comprehensive and effective treatment outcome.
Cranial osteopathy is effective for people of all ages, as well as varied conditions such as neck and back pain, digestive problems, insomnia, headaches and migraines, insomnia, and relieving pain from post-pregnancy, amongst others. Patients sometimes report a variety of sensations, ranging from mild tension to aching, as well as warmth and relaxation. This is a natural part of the treatment process, although you are encouraged to let your osteopath know about these sensations during the treatment process.
How does cranial osteopathy benefit my child?
Cranial osteopathy is known for its gentle and relaxing nature, making it particularly suited for treating both babies and young children who may respond less effectively to other treatment methods. It can help to overcome side effects of a traumatic delivery in newborn babies. Tension can sometimes arise in babies’ cranial bones and tissues as a result of stressful births, and cranial osteopaths help relieve this tension and promote wellbeing with their gentle massaging and application of pressure.
There are other conditions that cranial osteopathy assists in treating in babies, such as torticollis (twisted neck), plagiocephaly (flat-head syndrome), feeding issues from an inability to latch onto mothers’ breasts, as well as reflux. It also helps to relieve crying and irritability in infants, as well as improving their quality and duration of sleep.
Cranial osteopathy also has benefits for young children as well, treating conditions such as generalised aches and pains, headaches, as well as ear infections and sinus issues. It also helps children recover from traumatic experiences by helping to relax and relieve tension, as well as treat behavioural problems such as tantrums, hyperactivity, and excessive crying and anxiety. Osteopaths help children to relax and calm their nervous systems through their gentle treatments, allowing children to respond more appropriately to various circumstances and grow up healthily and confidently.
The recommended number of treatments varies from person to person, depending on the underlying health condition being presented as well as how well the patient reacts to the treatments. When in doubt, our experienced and patient osteopaths are ready to guide you and your child through the process from start to end.
Edge Healthcare is one of the leading osteopathic centres in Singapore, with multiple branches for your convenience. Contact us to arrange for an osteopathic appointment today.