Cranial, Visceral & Children’s Osteopathy

Cranial, Visceral & Children’s Osteopathy in detail

Cranial osteopathy focuses on the soft tissues, which lie a little deeper in the body. Structures such as visceral ligaments, fascia and cranial membranes all provide support and nutrition to the organs and tissues of the body. Cranial osteopaths are extremely skilled at releasing tensions, which may be the result of trauma (recent or long past), illness, times of emotional distress or surgery.

We can hold 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
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety

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.

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 contact us to find out more.

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Children’s & Teen’s Osteopath

As adults and in childhood, when we experience physical or emotional stresses our body tissues tend to tighten up, creating areas of compression or tension. The body may have been able to adapt to these effects at the time, but a lasting strain often remains. Our body can find positive compensations, which permit normal ongoing function, however any tensions which remain held in the body can restrict its free movement. Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with accumulated stresses, compensations breakdown and symptoms develop.

Babies & Children

Even as babies develop in the womb tension can exist between the layers of tissues as they form, which becomes apparent in the early months as the suspended environment of the womb is removed. Osteopathy can go a long way in helping babies to make the transition from the womb to the outside world, and to establish smooth and relaxed functions of digestion, sleeping and breathing.

As children move through toddlerhood, acquiring movement and language skills and become active, social beings of young school age, osteopathy continues to provide support in all these areas of development.

After the massive growth and development phase of the first seven years, where most of the movement, speech, digestive and sleeping patterns have become established, children start to lose their baby teeth, develop more complex social dynamics and postural habits. Osteopathy can offer support in the way this early independence is experienced and expressed in the body and personality, helping to reduce the confusion and anxiety for both children and parents.

Giving mums and dads extra support and peace of mind, osteopathy adds to the positive workings of the family dynamics as you embark on each stage of the journey you take with your young family and into the teenage years.

Babies & Toddlers

  • Sleeping difficulties in babies
  • Colic Twins support
  • Massage classes for mums and dads to help you connect and communicate with your baby
  • Unsettled babies

School children

  • Postural change, slumping and lethargy
  • Poor concentration at home or school
  • Restless, twitchy behaviour
  • Sinus pain and headache, particularly associated with dental changes
  • Asthma, allergies & rhinitis


  • Jaw pain and concentration
  • Peer/ Performance anxiety