Osteopathy: Manipulation, Visceral & Cranial

General Osteopathic CouncilOsteopathic treatments are safe and suitable for all ages from birth to the more mature and are designed to suit the individual’s needs. At Celtic Osteopathic Services (COS) we are here to support you through your life’s course providing you with the best care possible.

Osteopathic techniques are commonly placed within two categories; ‘structural’ which involve your more hands on approach to improve tissue quality and restore mobility and ‘cranial’ which are intuitive gentle techniques.

As Osteopaths we have a large variety of  techniques that may be used to achieve maximum benefit.In Most cases a combination of treatments are used to achieve the best results, which will be incorporated into your treatment plan.

Your individual treatment plan will be discussed at the initial consultation and reviewed at each  subsequent appointment. At COS we will also advise you on how to manage your health condition and where necessary provide exercises to help reduce the risk of  any future episodes.

It may be necessary to  communicate with your G.P or Consultant  regarding  your condition, to arrange  medical tests e.g. blood tests, X-ray or MRI scans (if applicable) or on-going care.  Your consent will always be obtained before hand.

If you have any concerns about your health condition or your treatment plan please speak to one of our Osteopaths as we are here to help.

Structural  Techniques used are:

Soft Tissue Technique such as massage involves direct touch to target your muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues, to improve tissue function & circulation. Soft tissue techniques involve a range of pressure and depths to achieve maximum effect.

Mobilisation Techniques involve moving joints through their full range of movement in progressive but gentle and smooth way, to gradually reduce restriction and improve movement.

Manipulation Techniques are precise quick movements applied to a joint or set of joints to release a restriction or immobilisation resulting from injury, postural compensation or muscular strain.

Harmonic Techniques are gentle passive oscillatory techniques that use the body’s natural rhythm, which can be applied to most joints.

Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) is a technique directed at reducing pain and improving joint and musculo-skeletal function. MET is an active technique that requires patient participation to engage a restrictive muscular functional barrier for maximal effect.

Neuromuscular Techniques (NMT) consist of concentrated pressure applied to an area of muscular spasm, tenderness or trigger points, to improve blood flow reducing hypoaxia (lack of blood within a muscle), often associated with nerve entrapment or compression from surrounding muscle or other soft tissues. NMT is an effective treatment for chronic pain and can help to improve muscle performance.

Fascial Release Techniques can be used directly or in directly for the treatment of musculo-skeletal immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles by stimulating the stretch reflex within the muscle, improving  blood flow & circulation.

Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT) is a gentle indirect technique that has an effect on the body’s connective tissue including Fascia, tendons, ligaments,  and blood flow, to improve overall function. BLT have three components; disengagement using either compression or decompression of a target joint area, exaggeration where the joint/tissue is taken into the direction of injury/tension and finally balance where tissues are brought into a state of balance and ease.

Strain Counter Stain/Position of Ease is a gentle technique used on muscular spasms, trigger points or tender points. The body is re-positioned so the muscle is placed in a shortened position, this is held for at least 90 second, allowing for changes within the muscles and fascia to occur. SCS relaxes muscular tension/ strain, improves blood  flow & circulation, promoting mobility and reduces pain.

Visceral Osteopathy explores  tension within the body’s organs and their relationship with the skeletal structures.

 Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF)

Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and intuitive approach. It is a gentle technique  suitable for all ages including babies, children and the elderly.

Lisa & Louise have been studying at the world famous Southerland  Cranial College, and now offer Cranial Osteopathy at their Ammanford and Port Talbot Clinics.

Southerland Cranial college ( SCCO) is a  leading provider of postgraduate training in cranial osteopathy. The SCCO offers the highest standard of training and the first recognised qualification in cranial osteopathy. http://www.scco.ac

About Sutherland Cranial College SCCO  

The Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy is a charitable organisation and a centre for shared learning, knowledge and practice in the field of cranial osteopathy, offering post-graduate courses across the UK and in Europe.

The faculty is setting the standard for cranial osteopathy teaching in the UK and is innovating and leading the profession through an active research programme.

Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy was founded in 1993 by a group of committed British osteopathic lecturers, concerned that teaching should be of the best possible quality. It is the centre for shared learning, knowledge and practice of cranial osteopathy offering a range of courses for post-graduate osteopathic study.

The SCCO remains true to its’ core values of providing exceptional teaching, research in the cranial field and education in cranial osteopathy. The SCCO will continue to deliver interactive and practical courses enabling students to carry new knowledge and skills into their own practices.

The SCCO operate mostly in the UK but are developing a European presence, especially in Germany where we have been teaching for 15 years.


For more information on Cranial & Visceral Osteopathy visit Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy