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Cranial Osteopathy

At the Carlton Clinic, we offer cranial osteopathy for adults, children,  babies and during pregnancy.

What is Cranial Osteopathy?


Cranial Osteopathy is a series of techniques involving very small degrees of movement, which can be used on any part of the body.

The techniques are very gentle but are considered to have very powerful effects, and are particularly appropriate when treating children, babies and pregnant women.

For more information about Cranial Osteopathy, visit The Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy the leading institute for postgraduate training. A summary of current related research through the SCCO can be found here.

Cranial Osteopathy for babies

Osteopathy for Babies and Children


Osteopathic training at an undergraduate level includes paediatrics, and some osteopaths further their education by specialising in post-graduate training. Either way, osteopaths are qualified to work with babies and children, at all stages of development – from birth onwards.

The birth process can be a stressful event for both mother and baby, the aim of the cranial approach is to help soothe and relax the baby and improve their wellbeing.

As with any stressful life experience, the greater the stress, the higher the chance of this having a knock-on symptomatic effect on the body.  The same can be said with giving birth, if it is traumatic, for example if a baby engages in the womb in an awkward position, or a delivery aid like forceps is necessary, or a c-section is performed; these external forces could distort the body’s symmetry and create an unhappy baby.

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

If you are uncertain whether cranial osteopathy is the right approach for your little one, just give us a call or send us an email for friendly advice.  Alternatively, speak to your midwife or health visitor about the benefits of cranial osteopathy. 

What our patients say

“Thank you so much for helping my little boy with his colic and general discomfort. I took Arlo to The Carlton Clinic when he was around 6 weeks old for Cranial Osteopathy after trying everything else possible to settle him. We underwent three sessions of Cranial Osteopathy, 2-3 weeks apart and it’s completely changed him! He is a different baby! He is comfortable, happy, can lie on his back without being in pain, doesn’t get stressed during or after feeds and hiccups less. Couldn’t recommend the clinic and Justine enough.”

Price list

For Cranial Osteopathy appointments

Babies & Children Initial Treatment


Babies & Children Continuing Treatment


Adult Initial Treatment


Adult Continuing Treatment


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All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year for an annual licence to practice. As part of this process, GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and character, and meet the mandatory continuing professional development requirements.
The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law. It is against the law for anyone to call themselves an osteopath unless they are registered by the GOsC, which sets and promotes high standards of competency, conduct and safety. The GOsC can and will prosecute those who practise as osteopaths when they are not on the GOsC register.

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