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Craniopathy – SpineLab

craniopathy Most craniopaths will agree that the birth process is probably where the skull and spine can get hurt the most. Many also recognise that intrauterine constraint due to the mother’s pelvis being out of balance, causes back pain and SPD; it could also lead to a strain being applied to the baby’s head during pregnancy.

From a craniopathy point of view, this may increase the likelihood of a more difficult delivery, abnormal forces being applied to the upper joints of the baby’s neck and the skull.

We see a great number of physical conditions that may result from these torsional forces at these levels and these may respond well to craniopathy.

Mechanical strain to a babys neck could lead to the head being favoured and held to one side, causing feeding problems. It can create tension on the dural membranes that can affect cranial range of motion and growth (plagiocephaly) and may other problems in early life commonly labelled as “colic”.

Some believe these patterns of dural tension can change head carriage which could be associated with occlusal development and poor posture in children.

Together these patterns alter the primary respiratory mechanism of the bod,y having a profound effect on one’s health and well being.

As Craniopaths, we train for several years after first graduating in chiropractic, to become proficient in the assessment and treatment of disorders of the musculo-skeletal and nervous system, so for an unsettled baby this will involve the gentlest of techniques to reduce stress patterns whereas for a pregnant woman with Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction (SPD) and back or pelvic girdle pain, this may involve gentle manipulation and stabilising exercises.

In the elderly we use craniopathy to assist with many issues we may face as we get older, from balance, dizziness. trapped nerves, neuralgia and problems related to the cranial nerves.

Jaw Pain

Jaw Pain

Craniopaths also can help jaw pain and temporomandibular dysfunction as they understand the complex function of the TMJ.

cranial nerves

Cranial nerves

Not to be confused with cranial osteopathy or craniosacral technique, the craniopath will spend much more time in their studies.

To be registered, craniopaths have their proficiency examined by SOTO-Europe and are much more specific in their treatments. Presently Dr Carl is only one of approx. 34 registered craniopaths in Europe.

If you think that you or a loved one is a good candidate for craniopathy, contact SpineLab to arrange a thorough examination in our practice.


SpineLab | 020 8905 4440 | Craniopathy | Chiropractor | Edgware – London