What Is The Difference Between Cranial Osteopathy And Cranio-Sacral Therapy?

By Dr Guy Ashburner | October 12, 2011

What Is The Difference Between Cranial Osteopathy And Cranio-Sacral Therapy?

All Osteopaths complete up to 5 years medical degree training and in South Africa are registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa .This qualifies them to practice osteopathy and in South Africa under the title of Doctor.

The basic training of cranial osteopathic technique is given during the medical degree, but some Osteopaths specialise at post graduate level. Guy has attained a Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, UK which included experience at Barnet General Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and children’s wards.

In the 1970’s Cranio-Sacral therapy embraced these osteopathic techniques. However, most Cranio-Sacral Therapists are not Osteopaths, and not all therapists have a background in anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis and biomechanics. Therefore they are unable to offer a valid working diagnosis which is essential prior to application of treatment. In general CST’s focus is on relaxing the person rather than actually making a clinical change in a specific type of clinical presentation. It is for this reason their lack of training for differential diagnosis, being able to assess pathology, and know who and when to refer, has been questioned

Osteopathic treatment and ergonomic appraisal of your work station will enable the body to heal itself, thus enhancing work performance and minimizing the likelihood of recurrence.

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