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Cranial Osteopathy – Delray Beach, FL

Specialized Osteopathic Treatment

Do you sometimes suffer from poor sleep quality, headaches, or anxiety? Such issues can interfere with your daily activities and leave you feeling drained. You should certainly seek care from a qualified physician to find relief. After a thorough evaluation, our team might determine that you are a candidate for cranial osteopathy. This specialized osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) can help patients in Delray Beach to enjoy reduced pain, less stress, and other benefits — all as the result of gentle, non-invasive therapy. Read on below to learn more about what cranial osteopathy is and how it may be able to improve your quality of life.

Why Choose Asheville Non-Surgical Orthopedics for Cranial Osteopathy?

  • Gentle & Completely Noninvasive Treatment
  • Performed by Highly Skilled Osteopathic Physician
  • Suitable for a Numerous Conditions

What Is Cranial Osteopathy?

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Cranial osteopathy falls under the umbrella of osteopathic manipulative treatment, which is also known as OMT. OMT is a special type of therapy that involves manipulating the body in ways that promote healing, encourage increased mobility, and more. Visually, it may look similar to chiropractic care or traditional physical therapy (of course, the underlying principles are different).

Cranial osteopathy is a focused type of OMT. Rather than involving manipulation of the body in general, it is centered on the head, neck, and spine. It uses precise, gentle massages that support proper fluid circulation in those crucial areas.

What Issues Can Cranial Osteopathy Treat?

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Here are a number of conditions that cranial osteopathy is sometimes used to treat:

  • Migraines and headaches. Cranial osteopathy has helped many patients to enjoy reduced pain levels from migraines and headaches. It could also reduce the frequency of such issues.
  • Low-quality sleep. Patients often report a heightened quality of sleep after undergoing cranial osteopathy.
  • Stress and anxiety. Cranial osteopathy is an extremely relaxing treatment for most patients. It may allow you to enjoy a significant reduction in feelings of stress and anxiety.
  • Muscle tension. Tension throughout your head, neck, and spine can cause discomfort and increase your risk of injury. Cranial osteopathy may be used to relieve this issue.
  • Tinnitus. Tinnitus, commonly called “ringing in the ears,” is an annoying problem that can often be fixed via cranial osteopathy.
  • Issues in infants. There is no minimum age limit for cranial osteopathy. It may be able to help with head deformities, colic, and breastfeeding issues. 
  • Other conditions. It is believed by some that cranial osteopathy may be able to play a role in helping patients with cancer, cerebral palsy, and seizures. 

Is Cranial Osteopathy Right for You?

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As an experienced provider of OMT, our team is more than qualified to assess your symptoms, answer your question, and determine if cranial osteopathy is a fit for your unique situation. Some things that we will take into account include your medical history, the severity of your symptoms, whether you have completed testing for conditions that might be contributing to your problems, and more.

We may recommend cranial osteopathy as part of an overall treatment plan that incorporates multiple therapies. Alternatively, it could be recommended as a standalone option.

Are you eager to learn more about cranial osteopathy? Get in touch with us today to book a consultation.

Cranial Osteopathy Frequently Asked Questions

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Want to know a little more about cranial osteopathy to see if it would be a good choice for you? You’ll find answers to common questions below. If there is anything else you would like to know, be sure to reach out to our team. We’re always happy to share whatever information you need to make a confident decision about your care.

Is cranial osteopathy the same as a head massage?

While they might look somewhat similar to the casual observer, cranial osteopathy and a head massage are very different, both in their techniques as well as their aims. Massage focuses on the muscles and might strive to help the patient relax or relieve stress. Cranial osteopathy, on the other hand, focuses on the orientation of the bones and tissues in the head and seeks to discover and/or treat an ailment.

Can a chiropractor or massage therapist perform cranial osteopathy?

No, cranial osteopathy can only be properly performed by a licensed Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or DO. In short, chiropractors (even those who have “Dr.” in their name) and massage therapists do not have the proper training in osteopathic techniques in order to correctly and safely apply this treatment.

How many sessions of cranial osteopathy will I need?

It depends! Firstly, you’ll need to be examined to determine if cranial osteopathy is necessary at all—you may benefit even more from another type of treatment we offer. But, if you and your doctor decide to proceed with it, it might take a session or two just to correctly diagnose what is causing your undesired symptoms. From there, the process of reducing those symptoms can vary from person to person depending on how their body responds.

What does cranial osteopathy feel like?

A typical cranial osteopathy session involves the doctor gently pressing on various parts of the head or slightly moving it to evaluate the health of various soft tissues. Because the treatment involves the head and neck, there are no sudden or quick movements like with a chiropractic adjustment. The techniques the doctor uses might also be focused on just one part of the head or face based on the overall goal of the treatment. Patients generally experience no side effects or soreness afterward, though many report feeling quite refreshed.


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