What can you use cranial osteopathy for?


Cranial osteopathy is one area of my practice that gets a lot of attention,” Osteopathy Denise Callaghan says, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the field. This is especially the case in more recent times thanks to celebrities like Heston Blumenthal and royals like Pippa Middleton speaking out publicly about having used this form of treatment.

“But, more often than not, it’s an area that’s not quite understood,” Denise explains. “For example, most people think cranial osteopathy is only used for babies and children. And while most of my work with cranial osteopathy does involve children and babies, it can be used on adults too.”

Here’s everything you need to know about cranial osteopathy:

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is a subtler and gentler branch of Osteopathy. It works by detecting and treating areas of tension and displacement within the bodily tissues, helping to reposition and restore the health of these affected tissues. Cranial treatment is designed to both elevate damage and prevent it from reoccurring.

This form of treatment can be used on a range of conditions such as sports injuries and even the body’s internal organs. Being an incredibly gentle treatment, Cranial Osteopathy can also be safely performed on patients of all ages and is particularly well known for being successful in treating babies. Denise has attended courses on the Paediatric Pathway at the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy to deepen and extend her skills and knowledge in treating children.

Why might you use cranial osteopathy?

  1. To help with sleeping problems

All babies need sleep to help them grow and develop. However certain conditions like

Infantile Colic can stop them from doing so.

Along with a lack of sleeping – crying with feeding and lots of gas are other symptoms of this condition. But that’s where cranial osteopathy can come in.

By using gentle manipulations of the skull and spine, it can give relief to stresses and strains.

  1. To help with digestion

Living with IBS? Or is your baby struggling to digest food properly?

Cranial Osteopathy can work by detecting areas of tension within the body, releasing and repositioning stuck tissues and muscles and getting the body back into balance.

Here’s what one client had to say: “Denise worked on Joel in terms of his digestion. I took him as a friend had recommended me to do so after the traumatic birth experience both he and myself had been through. He had been struggling with reflux and colic and I knew (as he was my second) that his digestion wasn’t as it should be.

“After only one session of 30 minutes with Denise I noticed a difference. After 6 (or however many times I went) there was such a difference, he was such a happy baby and all the problems I had had with him had disappeared! He was sleeping well and content. It was lovely to have a happy bouncy baby. I was nervous to start with as I didn’t know what cranial was, but it was a lovely calming experience for both of us.”

  1. For headaches

For many people, headaches start as pain or tension at the top of the neck. Wear and tear of the upper joints of the neck or tightness of the muscles can cause referred pain to the head leading to headaches.

When the pain worsens, it may spread to the back of the head, the temples, the forehead, or behind the eyes. And moving the neck may increase the pain.

However, cranial osteopathy can help ease these symptoms. One systematic review, which looked in to the therapeutic effects of cranial osteopathy over a variety of different conditions, including headaches, found: “These findings support the use of cranial osteopathic manipulative medicine as an effective and clinically beneficial treatment modality for patients of all ages with a variety of conditions.”

And here at Denise’s clinics we’ve seen it first hand.

One happy customer said: “I think I can say that I have been a patient of yours for a long time and I had dizziness and headaches, and Cranial osteopathy has helped me a lot in overcoming those problems. The same applies to my son Luca, who use to get a migraine that would last 4 or 5 days, the treatment helped him in not getting the migraines, or if he has them, they do not last long.”

If you are suffering with a health issue after speaking with a GP, do get in touch. Denise has two different branches in Kent including her Bromley Clinic and Orpington Clinic.


If you would like to book an appointment with Denise please call