Osteopathy in the cranial field
Osteopathy in the cranial field (OCF) was developed as an extension to the osteopathic approach. The cranial concept, first put forth by W. G. Sutherland D.O and originally alluded to by A.T. Still, MD, involves the application of Dr. Still’s principles of Osteopathy to the head (cranium) and to the tailbone (sacrum) and it is based on five phenomena of Primary respiration mechanism (PR):
1) Inherent motility of the brain and spinal cord.
2) The rhythmic fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid.
3) The motion of the dural membranes. Forming a core link between the 2 structures.
4) The articular mobility of the bones of the cranium.
5) The articular mobility of the sacrum between the ilia.
A ‘Biodynamic View of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field’ has been designed by James S.Jealous D.O.
The biodynamic view of osteopathy in the cranial field recognises that the embryological forces, that created the embryo, are also the forces of growth and development and the sustaining restorative forces throughout life.
Working with these therapeutic, homeostatic forces, the practitioner is able to communicate with the reorganisation of the body as a whole, through the internal disengagement, synchronisation and transmutation within tissue, fluid and potency.
With respect, patience and humility, the practitioner can witness this Tide at work, a force created by the Breath of Life, as the primary source of diagnosis and treatment.
Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel very subtle rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called involuntary motion.
Using involuntary motion of the tissues, osteopaths can feel whether a person is on an optimum state of health or whether there is something preventing healthy movement of the tissue for occurring. By using the fundamental principles of cranial osteopathy, techniques are used to restore Health in the body as one unit of function.