Visceral, Biodynamic and Cranial Osteopathy

(Visceral and Biodynamic and Cranial Osteopathy is otherwise known as Craniosacral Osteopathy and Osteopathy In The Cranial Field (OCF)

Cranial osteopathy is “a whole person approach to a patient…using hands-on techniques to manipulate the bones of the cranium and similar techniques to all regions of the body.” (SCTFANZ ). It is introduced at the undergraduate level. Most cranial osteopaths have taken postgraduate courses.

Cranial osteopathy began with the discovery by Dr William G .Sutherland that the bones of the skull are joined in such a way as to allow small movements which can be felt. These respond to a slow rhythmic motion that is present throughout the entire body, independent to both breathing and heart rhythms. This is the rhythmic pulse of the secretion of cerebrospinal fluid, which nourishes and protects the nervous system.

This inherent motion is called the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM). By lightly putting our hands over the skull and any other parts of the body, we can feel the quality and rhythm of the movement.

During cranial osteopathy treatment, subtle palpation merges into treatment as your osteopath encourages change. Although known as ‘cranial’, this technique is used to treat the entire body to influence the Primary Respiratory Motion.

Cranial osteopathy can be used on all patients of any age or state of health.

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Andrea and Liz have had training in this modality.

Biodynamics of Osteopathy

“A ‘Biodynamic View of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field’ has been developed by Dr James S.Jealous D.O. The Biodynamic view of osteopathy recognises that the embryological forces that created the embryo, are also the forces of growth and development and the sustaining restorative forces throughout life.” (

Respected embryologist Eric Bleschmidt’s close study of the development of the embryo is an important basis for Biodynamics of Cranial Osteopathy. During early foetal development, the pattern of cell multiplication and migration o cells of the embryo depends on the existence of chemical and electromagnetic zones of potential. After studying with Dr Rollin Becker and Dr Edna Lay, students of Dr Sutherland, American Osteopath Dr Jim Jealous developed an integrated approach to treatment.

Very specific techniques are used touching the head and body to assist the persons aims to mobility and flexibility and improving our relationship of our bodies to the space we move within.

Andrea and Liz have had training in this modality.

Visceral Osteopathy

This approach to the body uses manual techniques to directly help restrictions in the connective tissues of the body. It is a way of looking at the body in an interconnected way. We are taught to work directly on the organs and the fascial and circulatory tissue relationships.

This comprehensive and detailed approach was developed by Jean-Paul Barral, a French osteopath.

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Andrea has taken training with the Barral Institute, working with visceral osteopathy in Perth.