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Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle form of Osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses thorough out the body, including the head (or cranium).

It is a passive treatment that encourages the active participation of the body’s self-healing processes.

Cranial Osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called involuntary motion. This involuntary motion or movement can become compromised with trauma and result in symptoms occurring. Common causes of trauma include birth trauma, traffic accidents, falls, lifting strains, emotional stress and many, many other factors.

Osteopathy has been described as ‘anatomy with handholds’ and cranial osteopathy is no different. We palpate the quiet rhythms and subtle movements and tensions of the body, but we are still working with anatomy.

Cranial Osteopathy provides a gentle, effective way of unravelling some of the deepest, most ingrained stress patterns, leaving the body, to the best of our ability, freer and more able to resist injury in the future.

Val Wardle has been working in South Cumbria since qualifying in Naturopathic Osteopathy in 1999. She uses a mainly structural approach, but also includes some ‘cranial’ techniques that are suitable for everyone but especially older people and young children.

Mary-Clare Scragg qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1986 and has since built up a busy broad based osteopathic practice in Barrow and Ulverston. Alongside traditional structural osteopathic techniques she has furthered her interest in functional and cranial techniques at post graduate level. She has also studied at Wat Po Traditional Medical School in Thailand and uses acupressure and dry needling when appropriate. It was a result of talking to colleagues that Mary-Clare set up Queen Street Consulting Rooms to allow excellence to be perused in health.

Tim Webb After 15 years in the IT industry Tim retrained as an Osteopath in 1998. Since qualifying he has lived and worked in Cumbria. He has completed several post graduate courses including Acupuncture which he incorporates into his treatments. Tim has an active interest in all aspects of complementary medicine.

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