The Carlton Clinic use Cranial Osteopathy to relieve stress and tension. We are based in the Horley/Crawley area of Surrey.

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Another aspect of osteopathy that is a very gentle approach (but can have powerful effects!), is Cranial Osteopathy. It focuses on relieving stress and tension throughout the body. Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel for subtle changes of rhythms in the cranium, spinal column and nervous system.

Tension and torsions are released with specific subtle techniques. This treatment encourages the body to be balanced and find optimum health. Cranial treatments are effective in addressing a wide range of conditions in people of all ages, from birth to old age.

Osteopathy for Babies and Children

Birth is one of the most stressful events our bodies will encounter. The compressive forces can contribute to musculoskeletal complaints in babies’ bodies, and can commonly cause signs of irritability. These include

Inconsolable Crying
Signs of ‘Colic’
Sleep Disturbances
Problems Feeding
Problems with Winding, Burping or Bowel Movements
Sinusitis and Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders

These complaints can arise if the birth process is particularly traumatic; very long or very short. For example if a baby engages in the womb in an awkward position, a delivery aid is necessary like forceps or ventouse, or a c-section is performed.

The bones of a babies head and body are particularly mobile to aid their passage through the birth canal, and the external forces of birth can distort nerves travelling between the cranial bones and result in the above signs of irritability.

Cranial osteopathy is gentle, safe and effective for babies and children. Very specific, skilled, light pressure is applied where necessary to assist the natural ability of the body to release this stress and tension.

Cranial Osteopathy in Horley and Crawley, Surrey.
Cranial Osteopathy in Horley and Crawley, Surrey.

Osteopathy for Pregnant Women

Osteopathy can also help pregnant and post natal women. Treatment helps the mother prepare for, and adapt to the postural changes that occur in pregnancy.

Changes that Osteopathy can help with includes back and neck pain, headaches, SPD and pelvic pain, shoulder pain and tension in the thoracic and pelvic diaphragms – which predisposes the mother to problems like heartburn or varicose veins.

Post natal treatment helps the body function return to normal, and resolves tension from the changes of pregnancy and the effects of delivery. If not dealt with these can predispose a mother to problems like back pain, headaches, stress incontinence and bowel disruptions, all of which could contribute to postnatal depression. A mother is usually advised to return for treatment 4-6 weeks after birth to help restore their body to normal function.

Contact ‘The Carlton Clinic’ on 01293 784200 to book a Cranial Osteopath specialist session.


I brought my son in the Carlton Clinic at 6 weeks old for Cranial Osteopathy as he was very unsettled and often seemed uncomfortable. I am very glad and relieved to say I now have a very pleasant, happy little boy.

Miss Jacob, West Sussex

I am grateful to the osteopaths that helped me with my lower back, it seized whilst I was moving a pot plant and I was terrified I would have to take a lot of time off work. But the osteopaths understanding, reassurance and treatments helped to get me back to me!

Mr. Mitchell, West Sussex

Treatments have helped me change my life around so much. I am no longer dependent on painkillers, I am able to practice pilates again, and certainly know where to come back with any issues in the future.

Mrs Stevenson, Surrey


The Carlton Clinic
80 Victoria Road
Horley, Surrey

01293 784200

Opening Hours –

Mon – Fri
8am – 8pm
9am – 2pm