Cranial Osteopathy

Miss Tamille Phillips is an an experienced cranial osteopath specialising in developmental conditions in babies and children. A whole range of complaints such as feeding difficulties sickness colic & wind sleep disturbance glue ear sinus and adenoid problems breast feeding problems and behavioural issues can all be helped using this gentle tried and tested treatment. It can also be used to treat back pain and neck pain in adults alongside traditional Osteopathic techniques.

Cranial osteopathy uses only very slight pressure on the skull to gently ease tension and allow the natural release of the cranial bones. Children and babies find the treatment relaxing and often fall asleep.
Children are not the only ones to benefit from cranial osteopathy many adults and elder patients find the treatment more effective for neck pain headaches and back pain.
If you are interested in cranial osteopathy you are welcome to come for a FREE consultation and discuss the treatment and it's benefits in more detail. Please call for more information.
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Cranial Osteopathy; Can it help your baby sleep?

As I write this my 18-month old son is fast asleep. All I can hear over the baby monitor is the gentle drone of a dehumidifier and the faint rasps of my wife's snoring and that's it. No crying no whimpering no yelling.

It's not always been this peaceful. For months Noah has struggled to sleep. Putting him down to bed is fine no problems there but after an hour or so of sleep he becomes restless and ends up crying for most of the night. As a result his mum and I both look like the walking dead and accidentally scare children and old ladies on the street by how ghastly we look.

Then a week or so ago one of my wife's friends suggested we try cranial osteopathy which she in turn mentioned to me. I was instantly sceptical for two main reasons: I inadvertently bit the inside of my cheek when trying to say 'cranial osteopathy' and I had absolutely no idea what it was.

Cranial osteopathy as it turns out with Google's help is the gentle manipulation of a baby or toddler's head and spine in order to make them more comfortable. Most effective on newborns and young babies as their skull bones are not yet fused it essentially seeks to correct any damage or slight alterations caused during childbirth especially if it was an assisted delivery or particularly fast.

The latter was the case when Noah was born from first contraction to birth took around three hours so to all intents and purposes he shot out like the Human Cannonball. The fact that childbirth was so quick was great for my wife but what we didn't realise was that the speed at which he came out could have caused a slight misalignment in his spinal structure resulting in him becoming unhappy when laid down for extended periods of time.

And so we took Noah to see an osteopath whose first words after placing her hands upon his chest was 'He's had breathing problems in the past hasn't he?' True: this time last year he was in hospital after suffering a particularly nasty bout of bronchiolitis. She then poked and prodded him for a bit as he lay there in what can only be described as some kind of tantric state of bliss most unlike his usual 'let's roll around and kick at the dirty nappy' self.

Mother-of-four Karen found herself in a similar situation with her youngest son Harrison and visited a cranial osteopath after she was recommended by a friend who was receiving treatment for migraines.

"She tried to get a picture of everything that Harrison had experienced so far" she says. "She spent 20 minutes working on him. She moved her hands slowly over his entire body focusing on his spine his legs and his head. Her hands barely touched the body; they seem to hover just milimetres above. Harrison actually fell asleep during the process which amazed me. He had never spontaneously fallen asleep before!"

Karen took her son's treatment a step further with she and her partner having a session themselves with the osteopath describing the experience as "wonderful and relaxing giving the most unusual sensation."

Upon leaving the osteopath I was rather less sceptical than I had originally been; especially when that night Noah slept like well like a baby. Karen also saw an improvement in Harrison especially when he had undergone a few sessions osteopaths usually recommend about three or four visits.

However Karen attributes some of the success to the effect the therapy had on her family as she explains. "I think we were caught up in a cycle of being over-tired fraught and anxious and no idea how to deal with this little boy who couldn't sleep. The therapy definitely helped us all to relax and form bonds again and this in turn meant we could understand Harrison a bit better."

Sarah Ockwell-Smith Director of BabyCalm Ltd deals with stressed and over-tired parents on a daily basis and has no qualms with recommending cranial osteopathy as an effective treatment. "Once I explain the science behind my suggestions most are very open minded" she says. "To be honest most parents would try anything if she thought it meant they'd get more sleep at night!"

Make no mistake cranial osteopathy is not the miracle cure for restless babies: but it can help correct the aches and pains that newborns and young ones might struggle to tell you about which cause them discomfort in the middle of the night. Sarah often hears positive feedback from people like Karen who are enjoying a better night's sleep.

So if you every grumble that your child not sleeping is a pain in the neck it might be worth visiting a cranial osteopath. It could be that you've just stumbled upon the exact reason for those restless nights.

Osteopathic manipulative treatment for low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Osteopathic manipulative treatment for low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
John C Licciardone1 Angela K Brimhall2 and Linda N King3

Corresponding author: John C Licciardone

Author Affiliations
1 Osteopathic Research Center University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth TX 76107 USA

2 Department of Family Medicine University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth TX 76107 USA

3 Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth TX 76107 USA

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BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2005 6:43 doi:10.1186/1471-2474-6-43

The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at:

Received:8 November 2004
Accepted:4 August 2005
Published:4 August 2005
2005 Licciardone et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use distribution and reproduction in any medium provided the original work is properly cited.

Osteopathic manipulative treatment OMT is a distinctive modality commonly used by osteopathic physicians to complement their conventional treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Previous reviews and meta-analyses of spinal manipulation for low back pain have not specifically addressed OMT and generally have focused on spinal manipulation as an alternative to conventional treatment. The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of OMT as a complementary treatment for low back pain.

Computerized bibliographic searches of MEDLINE EMBASE MANTIS OSTMED and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were supplemented with additional database and manual searches of the literature.

Six trials involving eight OMT vs control treatment comparisons were included because they were randomized controlled trials of OMT that involved blinded assessment of low back pain in ambulatory settings. Data on trial methodology OMT and control treatments and low back pain outcomes were abstracted by two independent reviewers. Effect sizes were computed using Cohen's d statistic and meta-analysis results were weighted by the inverse variance of individual comparisons. In addition to the overall meta-analysis stratified meta-analyses were performed according to control treatment country where the trial was conducted and duration of follow-up. Sensitivity analyses were performed for both the overall and stratified meta-analyses.

Overall OMT significantly reduced low back pain effect size -0.30; 95 confidence interval -0.47 -0.13; P = .001. Stratified analyses demonstrated significant pain reductions in trials of OMT vs active treatment or placebo control and OMT vs no treatment control. There were significant pain reductions with OMT regardless of whether trials were performed in the United Kingdom or the United States. Significant pain reductions were also observed during short- intermediate- and long-term follow-up.

OMT significantly reduces low back pain. The level of pain reduction is greater than expected from placebo effects alone and persists for at least three months. Additional research is warranted to elucidate mechanistically how OMT exerts its effects to determine if OMT benefits are long lasting and to assess the cost-effectiveness of OMT as a complementary treatment for low back pain.