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  • Writer's pictureAndray Voronov

Cranial Osteopathy and Headaches

Headaches and migraines can be debilitating, affecting the daily lives of millions of people around the world. From stress and tension to underlying health conditions, there are many causes of headaches and migraines. Fortunately, cranial osteopathy may help provide some relief from these painful symptoms.

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy is a gentle and non-invasive form of manual therapy that is used to address problems in the bones, tissues, and fluid of the head, neck, and face. This type of therapy is based on the principle that the body's natural healing mechanisms can be improved through the manipulation of the cranial bones, tissues, and fluid.

How Cranial Osteopathy Can Help with Headaches and Migraines

Cranial osteopathy is based on the principle of inherent motion within the skull. As blood and spinal fluid move in and out of the skull, there is a level of compliance of the cranial bones needed in order to accommodate the fluid fluctuations. However, if the movement of the cranial bones becomes dysfunctional in any way (for example injuries or dental procedures) compliance suffers. It'd be like having your skull gripped by a vice.

Cranial osteopathy can help with headaches and migraines by addressing the underlying causes of these symptoms by opening up the bones and skull and providing myofascial release to the sutures of the skull that may be involved in your symptoms.

How Cranial Osteopathy Works

Cranial osteopathy works by using gentle pressure and manipulation to improve the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which is the fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord. This can help to relieve pressure on the cranial bones, reducing tension and improving circulation.

Cranial osteopaths also work with the soft tissues of the head, neck, and face to relieve tension and improve the overall functioning of the body. This can help to reduce pain and discomfort, and promote relaxation and healing.

The Benefits of Cranial Osteopathy

There are many benefits to using cranial osteopathy to help with headaches and migraines. Some of the most notable benefits include:

  • Pain relief

  • Improved circulation

  • Improved sleep

  • Reduced stress and tension

  • Improved function of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

The Risks of Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy is generally considered to be a safe and non-invasive form of therapy. However, as with any medical treatment, there are some risks associated with cranial osteopathy. These may include:

  • Soreness or discomfort following treatment

  • Temporary worsening of symptoms

  • Allergic reactions to products used during treatment (for example gloves)


Cranial osteopathy can be a highly effective form of therapy for those who suffer from headaches and migraines. This gentle and non-invasive therapy can help to address the underlying causes of these symptoms, providing relief from pain and

If you are suffering from headaches and/or migraines feel free to get in touch with us at our Narre Warren Osteopathy clinic by contacting us via this form. You can also email us at or give us a call on 0493 031 231.

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