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Cranial Osteopathy – St. Cloud, FL

Gentle Treatment, Remarkable Results

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Do you suffer from headaches, poor sleep, or anxiety? While such issues can have a number of causes, they are often treatable via cranial osteopathy in St. Cloud. This gentle and noninvasive treatment has the potential to relieve pain, reduce stress, lower tension, and provide other noteworthy benefits. Read on below to learn more about what cranial osteopathy is and how it may be able to help you enjoy a happier, healthier life.

Why Choose Holistic Medicine Wellness Center for Cranial Osteopathy?

  • Noninvasive, Gentle Pain Relief
  • Highly Trained Osteopathic Doctor
  • Remarkable Results

What Is Cranial Osteopathy?

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Osteopathic manipulative treatment involves gently manipulating the body in a way that increases blood flow and stimulates natural healing processes. Visually, it resembles conventional physical therapy.

Cranial osteopathy follows the same principles as general osteopathic manipulative treatment. However, rather than focusing on the body in general, its primary purpose is to benefit the head, neck, and spine. It involves purposeful, gentle massages that encourage proper fluid circulation in the head and spinal column.

What Can Cranial Osteopathy Treat?

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Some conditions that cranial osteopathy may be able to help include:

  • In many cases, cranial osteopathy is able to significantly reduce headache pain and frequency after just one session.
  • Poor sleep. Many patients report higher-quality sleep after undergoing cranial osteopathy treatment.
  • Stress and anxiety. It can be extremely relaxing to undergo cranial osteopathy treatment. Many patients notice a marked reduction in stress and anxiety.
  • Tension in your head, neck, and spine can be uncomfortable. It can also increase your risk of injury. Fortunately, cranial osteopathy is often able to help with this issue.
  • Tinnitus, otherwise known as “ringing in the ears,” can often be reduced via this treatment.
  • Problems in infants. Cranial osteopathy for infants may be able to correct head deformities, relieve colic, and promote healthy breastfeeding habits.
  • Other conditions. It is believed by some that cranial osteopathy may be able to help with cancer, cerebral palsy, and seizures.

Is Cranial Osteopathy Right for You?

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As an experienced osteopath, Dr. Murphy is qualified to evaluate your situation and determine whether cranial osteopathy may be able to help you. He will consider your medical history, your current symptoms, and other factors before recommending your next steps. He offers a range of services, and he tailors each patient’s treatment plan to their unique needs.

Do you have questions about cranial osteopathy? Get in touch with us today to learn more about this remarkable treatment.

Cranial Osteopathy FAQs

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Are you interested in cranial osteopathy? You may want to learn more about it before you book your first session. Below, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about this unique form of osteopathic manipulative therapy. If you would like additional information, we invite you to reach out to our team. We are always happy to speak with prospective patients. We want you to be able to make confident decisions about your care!

Is Cranial Osteopathy the Same as a Head Massage?

A casual observer might believe that cranial osteopathy is the same thing as a common head massage. The two can look visually similar. In reality, though, they are very different, both in their objectives and in the techniques used.

Massage is all about muscles; it can reduce tension, thereby helping patients to relax and enjoy lower stress levels. In contrast, cranial osteopathy focuses on the bones and tissues in the head. Its aim is to diagnose and treat a range of ailments.

Can a Chiropractor or Massage Therapist Perform Cranial Osteopathy?

No. Cranial osteopathy is a service that can only be performed by a physician. Specifically, it is the realm of Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine. Other care providers, such as massage therapists and chiropractors, have not undergone the specific and extensive training that is necessary in order to provide effective and safe cranial osteopathic treatments.

How Many Sessions of Cranial Osteopathy Will I Need?

The number of sessions needed can vary from person to person. First, Dr. Murphy will examine you to gather knowledge about your needs. Not everyone is a good candidate for cranial osteopathy, so that will be one of the first things he figures out.

If it looks like cranial osteopathy is right for you, it may take a couple of sessions just to diagnose the problems that are affecting you. After that, the process of reducing or eliminating your symptoms could take several additional sessions. How quickly you see results will depend on how your body responds to the treatment.

What Does Cranial Osteopathy Feel Like?

During your cranial osteopathy sessions, you can expect Dr. Murphy to gently press on different parts of your head or carefully move it in order to evaluate your condition. Because the treatment centers on the head and neck, there are no sudden or quick movements like what you might experience while undergoing a chiropractic adjustment. The specific techniques used by Dr. Murphy might focus on only one part of your head or face, depending on your unique needs.

Most patients do not experience soreness or unpleasant side effects after a cranial osteopathy appointment. In fact, they usually end up feeling refreshed and invigorated.