What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Much like structural osteopathy, cranial osteopathy encourages the release of stresses and tensions, allowing the body to engage its own natural ability to heal itself.

The name, cranial osteopathy, does imply treatments are based around the head, though it must be stressed that cranial therapy can be used to treat the whole body. Cranial osteopathy, also known as cranio-sacral therapy is probably the gentlest hands - on treatment you can experience.

Cranial osteopathy works with the body’s natural rhythms and is non-invasive. It is based on the theory that every cell in a healthy body expresses a rhythmical movement that is fundamental for life.All the structures in the body, from the fluids to the bones and organs, follow their own particular pattern of movement. For example the largest moving fluid in the body, the cerebrospinal fluid, acts as protection for the brain and spinal cord, as well as supplying nutrients to, and draining waste products from it.

The effectiveness of these functions rely on steady pump and compression action from the fluid. If this flow is inhibited in one part of the skull it will most likely be reflected further down the spinal column (or vice a versa) as pain or discomfort.

What happens in a typical session?

A detailed case history is taken with every new patient regarding current symptoms and medical history. This is followed by examining various movements of the body, both actively and passively. The diagnosis is explained to the patient and consent is taken for treatment. Treatment involves very light touch being applied to various parts of the body. Sometimes the patient can experience waves as the body releases and other times nothing is felt until days after the treatment. Please show the World that you like us by clicking the +1 button.

What conditions do patients use cranial osteopathy for?

Mother and Baby Clinic

Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy can be a wonderfully helpful and supportive addition to your standard medical care.
The safety of mother and baby is paramount and a detailed case history and examination will always take place. Relaxation and stress avoidance are especially important for the mother to be, and the gentle methods of cranial osteopathy can be very relaxing and therapeutic.
Back, leg, upper back and neck pain are very common during pregnancy due to the sheer weight of the baby placed upon the body.
Many women suffer from pubic symphysis dysfunction (PSD) in their last trimester again due to excess weight and softening of pelvic ligaments leaving the low back and pelvis vulnerable to strain. Heart burn and indigestion due to the compression of the stomach and intestines against the ever developing uterus are also common problems.
Sufferers of all of these temporary conditions are regularly seeking relief using gentle osteopathic techniques especially modified for use in pregnancy.



Brent Snell, osteopath:
Brent qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 2002.He comes from a musical background and for many years prior to becoming an Osteopath he was a professional musician and worked extensively in London and throughout Europe. Brent has a wide variety of osteopathy experience and interests from treating babies using cranial osteopathy through to Structural techniques.
Brent is registered with all the major private health insurance companies but not BUPA and AXA/PPP who in 2016/7 are reducing benefits per treatment and not allowing their members to top up. This will not make it viable for most clinics in Central London to function. We are therefore restricting our BUPA treatments to one osteopath, Tracy Davies and one physiotherapist, Robert Galloway until further notice. AXA/PPP have reduced their benefit to a level that makes it impossible for us to work with them.



Delphine Butler, osteopath:
Delphine Butler graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 2008 with Distinction and later returned to teach osteopathic techniques to the students of osteopathy.
She practiced in various multidisciplinary practices in London for 4 years working alongside different medical and complimentary therapists. In 2011, she relocated to a town on the outskirts of London to take over a busy osteopathic practice.

Delphine’s own experiences with pregnancy and postnatal care, plus the challenges of sharing her time between work and family, led her to a deeper understanding of the area of women’s health. She became highly motivated to provide excellent care in this field.

She has completed a postgraduate course in an Osteopathic approach to Women’s Health with the Molinari Institute of Health (MIH) in London.
Delphine was taught by leading osteopaths, gynecologists, obstetricians and midwives in the field.
She now enjoys using all her acquired osteopathic skills and knowledge to provide the best opportunity for her female patients to experience health throughout the various stages of their lives.

Delphine and her family moved to Jaipur, India for 9 months in 2016 to successfully establish an osteopathic clinic within a hospital.
She also worked at the BSO teaching Osteopathic Technique at undergraduate level in 2014/2015.

Delphine studied many courses in England, Germany and Canada to broaden her knowledge in cranial, structural and paediatric osteopathy from various leading Osteopaths in the field.
She became a certified Pilates instructor in 2010, and often prescribes Pilates based exercises alongside her osteopathic treatments. She also uses dry needling as an adjunct to her treatments having completed a course with the British Medical Acupuncture Society Certificate in Western Acupuncture in 2011.
Delphine is registered with all the major private health insurances but not BUPA and AXA/PPP who in 2016/7 are reducing benefits per treatment and not allowing their members to top up. This will not make it viable for most clinics in Central London to function. We are therefore restricting our BUPA treatments to one osteopath, Tracy Davies and one physiotherapist, Robert Galloway until further notice. AXA/PPP have reduced their benefit to a level that makes it impossible for us to work with them.



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