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Cranial Osteopathy and Baby Clinic

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Cranial Osteopathy and Baby Clinic


Osteopaths are trained in therapeutic approaches that are suitable for a broad range people, including pregnant women, children and babies. Osteopaths are statutorily regulated primary healthcare professionals (since 2017 we have been given Allied health Professional status by the NHS) who work in private healthcare and/or primary, secondary and tertiary care in NHS settings. Undergraduate training for osteopaths includes paediatrics and many osteopaths hold specialists post-graduate qualifications in paediatric osteopathy.

Cranial osteopathy is just one of a large range of techniques used by osteopaths for treating patients presenting with musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal symptoms. Osteopaths who practice cranial osteopathy place their hands gently on the head and over the sacrum which is part of the pelvis.

Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle form of osteopathy that encourages the restoration of the body’s balance and helps to remove any underlying tensions and relax your baby.

Babies’ skeletons are softer than an adult’s. Cranial osteopathy uses a variety of gentle handholds and movements on your baby’s body to help soothe and relax your baby following his/her birth. These handholds are used on special points on your baby’s head and body and are done in a gentle sympathetic way.


Osteopaths spend four to five years in training so that they have a good understanding of how all the body’s organs, joints and muscles all interrelate and correspond with one another.

These relationships become more relevant during pregnancy as the body progressively adapts to the unique stresses imposed upon it (especially as it prepares for the birth process)

During this unique time inevitably some issues may arise and osteopaths are well situated to help diagnose and resolve these problems. Common complaints include:

Common problems

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  • Sciatic nerve pain and lower back pain

    Sciatic nerve pain and lower back pain

    Sciatic Nerve Impingement occurs at the bottom three vertebra of the lower back because the nerves that come out of the spinal chord at these levels coalesce to from the sciatic nerve. These vertebrae are in close proximity to the pelvis. As the centre of gravity changes in your body during pregnancy mechanical stress is imposed on the lower back
    Typical Symptoms: Mild to very acute buttock pain and/or thigh, knee, calf muscle and foot pain. Pain is apparent as a constant dull ache and/or tingling in the leg…

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  • Sacro iliac joint paint (lower back pain)

    Sacro iliac joint paint (lower back pain)

    During pregnancy hormones are released that allow ligaments to relax. This happens as the body prepares itself for childbirth. The relaxation of the ligaments holding the sacroiliac joints together is an important part of this process as it allows for the increased motion in the pelvis that is necessary for passage and delivery of your baby.
    Typical Symptoms: Lower back, hip and groin pain that can range from sharp shooting pains to stabbing pains that worsen with activity…

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  • SPD (Symphasis pubic dysfunction) or pain at the front of the pelvis

    SPD (Symphasis pubic dysfunction) or pain at the front of the pelvis

    The process of delivery can make the symphysis pubis joint less stable, causing pelvic girdle pain or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD). At its worst the delivery process can cause a small gap to occur in the pubic symphysis (known as diastasis symphysis pubis). SPD however can occur at any time during pregnancy or after giving birth.
    Typical Symptoms: Pain at the front of the pelvis and thighs on any weight bearing actions such as walking with your pushchair and/or pain from sitting to standing…

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  • Generalised muscular pain

    Generalised muscular pain

    Massage and soft tissue work can help resolve and eek out these gathering tensions as the unique demands of pregnancy ensue.
    Typical Symptoms: Muscle pains and discomfort during pregnancy can cause wide-ranging issues from leg cramps through to neck and shoulder pain and/or lower back pain…

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  • Neck aches and headaches

    Neck aches and headaches

    Both during and after pregnancy you can expose yourself to long periods of postural strain that imposes heavy loading on arms, shoulders and neck. This can be due to postural adaptation before pregnancy and/or, later on, feeding and holding your baby. Although we may be initially unaware of the these effects eventual culmination will lead to a gradual increase in soft tissue tension in the neck and shoulders
    Typical Symptoms: Varying stiffness, pain and tenderness in upper back, shoulders and neck, eventually affecting neck rotation...

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