These techniques are used to treat the musculoskeletal apparatus. Osteopaths believe structure governs function, and so any structural problem will have an influence on the function of the body. In various ways the muscles and joints are mobilized and movement is improved. The osteopath will choose the best techniques for your body, to help the structure and therefore the function of the body move back to a healthy state.
These are techniques that involve gentle work on the fascia, and muscles around the abdominal organs, and bowel (which is a muscle) All organs move and are under the influence of the midrift (diaphragm) which moves up and down. Good diet and breathing (using the diaphragm whilst breathing) are of huge importance. Problems in the spine can originate from the organs.
Cranial techniques use very gentle techniques in which the osteopath’s highly trained sense of touch is used to identify and correct mechanical disturbances and limitations, both in and around the joints for the skull, and throughout the body.