Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF) reconnects the body, mind and spirit by balancing it's vital rhythm. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, osteopathic physicians release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
Osteopathy in the Cranial Field is frequently helpful in treating headaches, head injuries and infants who have had difficult deliveries (strain to the head as the result of delivery or a C-section). OCF also addresses plagiocephally (asymmetric head), ear infections, head congestion, sinus infections and more.
With Osteopathy in the Cranial Field , the Osteopathic physician interacts with a cyclic fluctuation of fluid in the body. This fluctuation is believed to be a result of the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the cranial and spinal membranes and expressed in cranial bone movement. The cranial movement can be felt throughout the entire body like a lot of cells moving in concert (or not, as in injury). Osteopathic physicians specializing in OCF are trained to sense this movement with their hands, make a precise diagnosis, and treat to assist a return to normal, healthy movement.
OCF involves interacting with this fluid movement through the entire body, while at the same time addressing structural restriction of joints, ligaments, muscles and fascia. Because Cranial Osteopathy is grounded in treating the structure of the body it is frequently helpful for back problems, neck problems, and other musculoskeletal complaints, not just problems with the head.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, OCF is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including: