03 December 2010

Cranial osteopathy, craniosacral therapy

Dr Guy Ashburner explains the difference between cranial osteopathy and craniosacral therapy.

What is the difference between cranial osteopathy and craniosacral therapy?

Medical training for osteopathy
All osteopaths complete 4 years of medical degree training, and in South Africa are registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. This qualifies them to practise osteopathy in South Africa under the title of Doctor. Osteopaths have a sound background in anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, biomechanics and paediatrics which enables them to offer patients a valid working diagnosis which is essential prior to application of treatment. Cranial osteopathic treatment, which is similar to craniosacral therapy, can then be directed with medical rationale.


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