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Cranial Osteopathy – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Specialized Treatment for Effective Relief

Do you frequently struggle with issues like poor sleep quality, anxiety, and headaches? These problems can interfere with your daily routine and leave you feeling worn out. A qualified physician can help you understand what is going on and recommend a specialized treatment for effective relief of such troublesome issues. For example, after a thorough evaluation, our team might advise you that cranial osteopathy, a form of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), could be helpful. Would you like to learn more about this gentle, noninvasive treatment? Read this page to discover important information, and then call our Fort Lauderdale office when you are ready to request a consultation.

Why Choose The Institute for Non-Surgical Orthopedics for Cranial Osteopathy?

  • Gentle, Noninvasive Treatment in a Comfortable Setting
  • Therapy Performed by a Skilled Osteopathic Physician
  • Suitable for Many Different Conditions

What Is Cranial Osteopathy?

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Cranial osteopathy is a type of osteopathic manipulative treatment, which is commonly referred to as OMT. OMT is a unique therapy that involves calculated manipulations of the human body that encourage healing, promote mobility, and provide other benefits. To a casual observer, OMT might look similar to traditional physical therapy or chiropractic treatment.

Cranial osteopathy is a focused sub-specialty of OMT. Instead of involving general bodily manipulations, it focuses on the neck, head, and spine. Through the use of precise and gentle massages, cranial osteopathy can increase fluid circulation in these vital areas.

What Issues Can Cranial Osteopathy Treat?

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Cranial osteopathy is sometimes a suitable treatment for the following conditions:

  • Headaches and migraines. Cranial osteopathy has the potential to reduce both the frequency and severity of migraines and headaches.
  • Poor sleep. Often, patients remark that they enjoy better sleep after undergoing cranial osteopathic treatment.
  • Anxiety and stress. Cranial osteopathy is by its nature a very relaxing treatment. It commonly results in an overall reduction in feelings of anxiety and stress.
  • Tension in muscles. Tension in the muscles of the neck, head, and spine can instigate discomfort and increase your risk of injury. Cranial osteopathy promotes relaxation of these important muscles.
  • Commonly known as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus is a troublesome problem. Fortunately, cranial osteopathy is often able to fix it.
  • Problems in infants. Patients of virtually any age can benefit from cranial osteopathy, including infants. It has the potential to help with colic, breastfeeding issues, and head deformities.
  • Other conditions. Some experts believe that cranial osteopathy may be able to help patients with seizures, cerebral palsy, and cancer.

 Is Cranial Osteopathy Right for You?

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Our INSO team in Fort Lauderdale is proud to put our expertise to work to help patients benefit from cranial osteopathy. During your consultation, we will learn about your symptoms and make a careful evaluation before we recommend any specific treatment. Your medical history, the severity of your symptoms, and your previous treatments will all be taken into consideration.

In many cases, we recommend cranial osteopathy as part of a multi-part treatment plan that is designed to provide relief as efficiently and conservatively as possible. In some cases, though, it is best used as a standalone option.

Cranial Osteopathy FAQs

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Cranial osteopathy is a specialized treatment, so it is understandable if you want to learn as much as possible about it. Gathering information can help you determine if you should book a consultation with us! Below, you will find answers to some FAQs about this unique therapy. If your specific points of interest are not addressed here, call our Fort Lauderdale team. We would be happy to speak with you!

Is Cranial Osteopathy the Same as a Head Massage?

To an untrained eye, cranial osteopathy may seem like it is the same thing as a regular head massage. The truth is, though, that they are quite different, both in the techniques used and their goals. Massage is focused on muscles; it can reduce tension, lower stress, and help patients relax. Cranial osteopathy, on the other hand, is all about the orientation of bones and tissues in the spine and head. It is used for both the diagnosis and treatment of a range of ailments.

Can a Chiropractor or Massage Therapist Perform Cranial Osteopathy?

Chiropractors, massage therapists, and other care providers cannot provide cranial osteopathy. In fact, cranial osteopathy is the exclusive realm of individuals who have earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree. Other types of practitioners have not completed the extensive and specialized training that is necessary in order to offer safe and effective cranial osteopathic care.

How Many Sessions of Cranial Osteopathy Will I Need?

The number of sessions needed by each individual can vary. First, your DO will perform a thorough examination to determine if cranial osteopathy is right for you, or if you should pursue another form of treatment.

If you move forward with cranial osteopathy, it might take one or even a few sessions just to diagnose the specific problems that are plaguing you. After that, the process of reducing or eliminating your symptoms might require several additional sessions. The total duration of your treatment depends on how your body responds to it and other factors.

What Does Cranial Osteopathy Feel Like?

During a treatment session, your doctor will gently press on different areas of your head or slightly move it in order to evaluate your condition. Because cranial osteopathy focuses on the head and neck, it involves gentle and slow motions — there are no quick or sudden movements like those that are common during chiropractic sessions. The specific techniques that your doctor employs will depend on the details of your condition.

Most patients do not experience unpleasant side effects or soreness following cranial osteopathy treatment. In fact, many leave our office feeling refreshed.

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