Cranial Osteopathy

by | Nov 16, 2017 | Antenatal and Postnatal

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy has been used for years by parents of newborns and toddlers for a whole variety of different reasons. Although we do not have a lot of evidence to support the mechanisms in play as we do with more structural osteopathy, the internet is flooded with stories from parents detailing how it has worked for them. Here at Herts Osteopathy we have had lots of positive feedback from mums, and I myself have used it for my children at various stages of their lives with positive outcomes.

As identified in a Huffington Post article: ‘Cranial Osteopathy: Can it help your child sleep?‘ :

“Sarah Ockwell-Smith, Director of BabyCalm Ltd, deals with stressed and over-tired parents on a daily basis, and has no qualms with recommending cranial osteopathy as an effective treatment…..Make no mistake, cranial osteopathy is not the miracle cure for restless babies: but it can help correct the aches and pains that newborns and young ones might struggle to tell you about, which cause them discomfort in the middle of the night. Sarah often hears positive feedback from people like Karen, who are enjoying a better night’s sleep”.

Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle form of osteopathic treatment. Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel subtle movements present in the body called ‘involuntary motion’. The skull, made up of 26 small interlocking bones, changes shape slightly to allow for the involuntary movement to occur. These movements may be restricted if stresses and strains are present. The osteopath uses very light manipulative pressure to release them with a view to help restore the natural equilibrium.


Cranial osteopathy can be used by people of all ages but as it is so gentle it is very suitable for treating babies and children. During the birth process the soft bones in the baby’s skull overlap to make the head smaller.  Some babies are born with less spherical shaped heads but this is usually undone through the processes of feeding, crying and yawning. If it is retained this is thought to lead to problems such as crying, feeding difficulties, sickness, colic and sleep disturbances. As the child grows it can lead to ear infections, sinus problems, headaches and behavioural problems. Cranial osteopathy can help by reducing the tensions in the body and relieving pressures on the nerves. Some patients may feel sleepy after the treatment others have a burst of energy often followed by a good night’s sleep.


In my own experience as a parent, I have used cranial osteopathy for a variety of reasons with positive outcomes, these have included: teething, bumps to the head, excessive crying, and congestion to name but a few.

Herts Osteopathy Cranial Osteopathy Babies

Cranial Osteopathy – Babies

Here is a paper which provides some evidence to support cranial osteopathy: ‘

This study reported a “progressive, highly significant reduction between weeks 1 and 4 in crying…in treated infants; similarly, there was a significant improvement in time spent sleeping. Overall decline in crying was 63% and 23%, respectively, for treated and controls; improvement in sleeping was 11% and 2%. In conclusion, this preliminary study suggests that cranial osteopathic treatment can benefit infants with colic; a larger, double-blind study is warranted”.
So if you feel that you would like to try cranial osteopathy for yourself then please give us a call, you never know, it may just make a difference to your life.
(c) Jo Day 2017