A physiotherapist is under the supervision of a doctor, who maintains overall responsibility for the patient, unless he works privately. In conjunction with doctors, osteopaths function separately and typically not, although many GPs refer their patients to them. Indeed, attempts have been made to create a state registry of osteopaths, to give them the same status as physicians and dentists.Learn more about us at Elementary Health
A specific method of manipulation involving the bones of the skull is Cranial Osteopathy, or Cranio-sacral therapy as it is also called. It was built in the early part of this century by Dr Andrew Still’s pupil, a man named Dr William Garner Sutherland. Sutherland discovered that the skull’s bones are not set but are able to move slightly. Although these gestures are minimal, it is possible to train individuals to detect them through their hands. Cranial Osteopaths claim that beneficial health improvements may be impacted by changing the location of the bones, which may have been displaced by injury or even when born.
This style of work is somewhat different from normal osteopathy, as only gentle holding is involved-no coercion of any kind. The therapist is trained to hold the head and feel the pulsation in the brain and spine of the cerebrospinal fluid-therapists claim to detect all kinds of body state information, and even feel the movements of the gut while just holding the head! All the other areas of the body are also being handled by Cranial Osteopaths, although they appear to specialise in head injuries. One of the most common concerns they deal with is that of patients who have been born with forceps and who had traumatic births.
Many symptoms may be caused by readjusting the bones in the brain, which have been distorted by the birthing process. For babies or young children, who seem to respond particularly well to this reassuring form of healing, the treatment is very successful.
Cranial Osteopathy is the argument of its promoter, suitable for many types of disease, particularly complex ones, with a variety of symptom patterns such as ME, gastrointestinal disorders, and women’s menstrual problems.