This week I am going to talk about cranial osteopathy, and its amazing capacity to address the structures which communicate what goes on in our mind and what goes on in our body.
Look after the tissue around your muscles to reduce stress and tension
Cranial and visceral osteopathy address how the mind interacts physically in the body via the fascia. Fascia is a strong but usually quite thin tissue which wraps around muscles and communicates the nerves and organs of the body. Imagine the skin between the layers of an onion – this is similar to fascia. Fascial systems can be more related to joint and muscle function or to visceral (organ) function
Stress, both physical and emotional, and unprocessed emotions, lead to tension in the fascial systems of the body and become felt as discomfort, and sometimes dysfunction. Visceral ligament tension further burdens the muscle and joint system as our movement patterns become altered in response to either pain or immobility in the unseen structures.
The myo (muscle) fascia becomes dysfunctional due to fear, shock, and other negative thinking patterns. Consider how we feel a loss of balance confronting heights or icy surfaces – the tension makes a fall more likely.
On a more subtle level, but no less powerful, breathing is a bridge between the mind and body, with the diaphragm muscle and tendon a prime area to express dysfunction, and this becoming further reflected in the neck and pelvic musculature.
We can hold these patterns of stress and tension in our tissues for a long time. The flow of movement, nutrients and energy become stagnated and this can present in a number of ways:
- Back pain
- Stiff joints
- Digestive disturbance
- Gynaecological problems
Cranial and visceral osteopathy can really support the process of communicating the emotions and strain patterns back through the tissues in a positive and reassuring way, leading you back to function and comfort.
If you think there is something which cranial osteopathy can help you with, Angela Power is happy to have a no obligation chat by phone or email, so please do get in touch to find out more.