Cranial Osteopathy was developed
by a US Osteopath called Dr William Garner Sutherland in the 1930's.
According to Dr Sutherland the bones
of the cranium (skull), which are separate in babies and young children,
retain some flexibility into adulthood. He also believed that the
cerebrospinal fluid - the fluid that surrounds the brain - has a
pulse, which is known as the cranial rhythmic impulse (CRI).
Disturbances to this CRI reflect
pressures on the cranium, or injuries or tensions in the body, which
can be eased by gentle manipulation of the cranial and spinal bones.
Cranial Osteopathy can be used
to treat many of the same ailments as Osteopathy.
It is particularly useful for babies and young children - especially
colic, glue ear and recurrent infections.