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Cranial Osteopathy for Children (and Adults)

Osteopathy is both art and science. It involves the diagnosis and treatment of structural and mechanical dysfunctions of the body. Osteopathic medicine recognizes that the body is an intrinsically self-healing, self-regulating and self-correcting organism. But there are times when our bodies need a helping hand… and that’s where Osteopathic Treatments comes in

Osteopaths use manual techniques to identify physical imbalances and strains can impair health. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance interrelated systems of the body to improve health and wellbeing.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is board certified in osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine (AOBNMM). She has treated many hundreds of adults and children with cranial osteopathy, including newborns.

Cranial osteopathy is the study of anatomy and physiology of the cranium and its inter-relationship with the body as a whole. It may be applied for the prevention and treatment of disease and enhancement of health, within the practice of the science of osteopathy. Osteopathy in the cranial field is an expansion of the general principles of osteopathy. Treatment restores structural balance, improves vitality and can help people with many different disorders.

The potential applications of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field to pediatric care are myriad, from obvious structural problems such as torticollis, plagiocephaly (misshaped cranial bones) and nursemaid’s elbow, to systemic issues such as recurrent otitis media and gastro-esophageal reflux, and more challenging problems such as cerebral palsy and (in some cases) autism spectrum.

For adults, osteopathy is used for chronic headaches, visual disturbances, neck pain, and often after a patient has had intracranial surgery. Cranial is safe, gentle, and effective for all ages, from newborns to seniors. We have used cranial osteopathy to correct crossed-eyes without surgery and to eliminate colic in babies.  There is a difference between cranial osteopathy and craniosacral therapy. For a complete explanation, go here.

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