Children who come to Palace have their own set of difficulties and work very hard to make sense of the world around them, often rocking or stimming in order to cope with physical conditions, or frustrations that arise from processing difficulties – a tiring business for the brain and spinal cord!
How does it work?
Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle, hands-on treatment that involves the whole body, not just the head! Through skilled palpation (sensing through the hands), the osteopath can asses the expression of health in the child’s body and provide appropriate support.
The osteopath supports the central nervous system by gently contacting the head, the spine or the sacrum (tail bone), providing a moment of a stress free calm, allowing the body to make adjustments and to being itself into balance.
It may only last a few seconds or minutes, during which the child is aware of their body and comfortable with the contact, but it is enough to show the child’s nervous system that there is an alternative to stimulation; there is an ‘off’ setting. This is the parasympathetic nervous system which helps with digestion, relaxation, sleep, repair etc.