Babies

Philip has been treating babies for 31 years. When treating babies he mainly uses cranial osteopathy. Advertising restrictions means that conditions helped can't be listed here, but please feel free to phone Philip and ask him if he may be able to help your baby. If your baby has, or may have, a medical condition, your baby should have a medical diagnosis and any medical treatment recommended alongside any osteopathy.

Please click on this link for a baby massage that you can do at home:

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Cranial osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy involves an osteopath sensing and applying a gentle pressure to a very subtle, rhythmical motion that is present in all body tissues, but felt most strongly in the cranial bones and sacrum (the part of the spine within the pelvis). It is believed by many osteopaths to be caused by a rhythmic fluctuation in the cerebro-spinal fluid, which is within the ventricles of the brain, and between the brain, spinal cord and the meninges.

The meninges surround the brain and spinal cord and the strong outer layer connects to the cranial and spinal nerves, which in turn connects to the fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds and connects every tissue and organ of the body). The movement is of very small amplitude, therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. This rhythm was first described in 1929 by William G. Sutherland DO. Cranial osteopathy is usually learned as a post-graduate study. Osteopaths who use cranial osteopathy call themselves cranial osteopaths. Cranial osteopaths refer to conventional osteopaths as structural osteopaths. Philip is both a cranial osteopath and a structural osteopath.

For more information of about the osteopath, hours, fees and directions please see the home page.

Philip Bayliss, Registered Osteopath, 43 Thames Street, St Albans, Christchurch, NZ. ☎️03 356 1353