Cranial Osteopathy
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Learn about the natural health benefits of Cranial Osteopathy & find an Cranial Osteopathy practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.


Definition: Refined and Subtle Type of Osteopathic Treatment
Origin:  United States
Founded By: Dr William Garner Sutherland in 1940
Therapy Type:  Bodywork



Cranial Osteopathy | The Wellness DirectoryCranial Osteopathy is one technique used to retain a sense of stability and equilibrium between the many interconnected systems and structures within our bodies.  Moreover it provides natural pain relief for the body.

This form of Osteopathy, whilst being gentle has a powerful effect upon the deeper systems of the body, which incorporate the membranes, nerves and bones.  Instant relief is often experienced throughout the whole body, when stress and tension is relieved, using these techniques.

Within the sessions, the Osteopath, via skilled ‘palpitation’, senses limitations in the movement patterns of the body’s structures and fluids.  The intention upon finding any restrictions is to treat and alleviate any pain using realignment techniques, which also intends to restore sacral rhythm to optimum pace.

Cranial Osteopathy is considered a holistic treatment, as it not only conducts cures for the head but also provides treatment for the body as a whole.  As can be seen below it may benefit a variety of physical and mental conditions, which can be successful for all ages, particularly for babies, children and individuals with severe or unresolved issues.


Cranial Osteopathy may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:

  • Anxiety                
  • Arthritis                            
  • Asthma                
  • Back Pain            
  • Circulation Problems                
  • Constipation            
  • Cerebral Palsy                
  • Colic (Infant)            
  • Dental Problems        
  • Difficult Birth – Skull Compression/Post Effects    
  • Dyslexia                    
  • Ear Infection/Glue Ear        
  • Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT) Problems        
  • Headaches    
  • Indigestion
  • Infant Developmental Difficulties
  • Insomnia
  • Joint Disorders
  • Labyrinthitis/Balance Disorder
  • Migraines
  • Neck Pain
  • Pregnancy – During/After
  • Recurrent Infections
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress – Emotional/Physical
  • Tiredness
  • TMJ/Jaw Disorders
  • Visual Problems
  • Whiplash Injuries
  • Withdrawal Symptoms



At the initial consultation with the Osteopath the therapist will need to ascertain whether you may have any prior injuries or if you are currently taking any medication.  In addition a physical assessment may be necessary and may entail testing reflexes, blood pressure and observing the clients standing and sitting posture and level of movement. To examine the cranium, the head is typically gently held by the Osteopath, the Osteopath can then feel and discover how the body reacts to the realignment corrections.  Furthermore the Osteopath by supporting the head senses the movement of the bones, thus determining the way the membranes move and how the spinal fluid circulates around the brain.  By discovering this rhythm the Osteopath can work in unison with the client’s body. Most people become deeply relaxed as the tension is gradually drawn out of their body.

Once the Osteopath has determined where the problem is manifesting itself, they will give you an explanation, make a diagnosis of your condition, recommend a suitable course of treatment and you may be advised on any lifestyle or dietary changes which would compliment your treatment. Side effects may occur and involve, light-headedness or a feeling of tiredness.  These effects could last from a few minutes to up a day after the treatment.  If the side effects continue for any longer than 24 hours, consult your Cranial Osteopath.


Cranial Osteopathy is proven to be a safe and beneficial therapy, which is used by people of all ages.  The advantages of this therapy are widely acknowledged within the healthcare profession. It is wise to research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. 

Cranial Osteopaths are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment.  These regulations guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.

The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Cranial Osteopaths within your region.  We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.

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