Richard Metcalf Registered Osteopath 'Helping You to Heal Yourself'

The Lodge House, Howard Rd, Walkley, Sheffield S6 3RX
Telephone: 0114 234 5459

Cranial Osteopathy - Osteopathy with Insight

Involuntary movement

Cranial Osteopathy is known for its very subtle and gentle techniques applied throughout the body using osteopathic principles.

It is based on 'involuntary movement' - the subtle shape change and rhythmical motion that is present in every type of tissue in the body. It takes many years for an osteopath to develop the necessary skills to work with the 'involuntary movement' in tissues such as muscles; ligaments; organs; the brain and spinal cord; and bones (including the cranial bones).

It respects and trusts the body's ability to heal itself in its own time and supports it through this process. By relying on homeostasis (the body's natural inclination toward self-healing), an optimum state of health and wellbeing is achieved.

Accumulation of stress in the body

The effects of past traumas, stressful physical or emotional events and environmental factors can accumulate over time. Gradually the body may find it increasingly difficult to deal with these effects, and symptoms may start to show.

By working with and harnessing the 'involuntary movement', longstanding as well as more recent stresses and strains can be identified and relieved. This can remove the cause of the patient's symptoms.

Suitable for all ages

It is a very gentle, accurate but deep form of osteopathic treatment which is suitable people of all ages from babies to the very elderly with acute or chronic problems in any part of the body, including the head.

Because it is so gentle the patient can usually not feel anything at all and will commonly say to me that they didn't know what I did but they feel so much better. However, this does not mean that nothing has been achieved and often the benefits can be felt immediately after the treatment or felt several days later. After a treatment the patient might feel unusually tired or, conversely, very energetic.

All encompassing

Osteopaths may have different specialities including sports injuries, paediatrics (treatment for babies and children), visceral (treatment on organs) but cranial osteopathy encompasses all of these.

Personal preference

My preferred approach to promote healing is through cranial osteopathy because it is gentle, deep and non-invasive. It accurately works on problem areas and effectively applies the unique principles of osteopathy.

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