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Procare is proud to include in our team Osteopaths with a wide range of skills and treatment modalities that allow us to help people of all ages and with many different conditions.

Two of our Osteopaths Corey Dyer and Jo Burrows both offer a Biodynamic Approach to Osteopathy, and Cranial Osteopathy, which are both very gentle approaches to treatment.

Osteopaths see technique choice as simply a method to help the patient reach their ideal outcome.  And while we all have strengths in different skills we are also selecting what we do based on getting the best health outcome for you.

How Does Biodynamic and Cranial Osteopathy Work?

When you have tension, strains and restrictions in your body and its framework, it can greatly disturb your body’s overall function and result in aches, pains and other problems.

Both Biodynamic and Cranial Osteopathy uses gentle pressure on specific areas of the body to support the release of tension and strain within your musculoskeletal and nervous systems - that is, your bones, joints, muscles, tendons and nerves. Helping relieve these strains helps your body return to an optimal state of function and balance, supporting your recovery and long-term health.

This approach to Osteopathy can also give an insight into the overall balance of the health of your body and can help with other body systems and processes like your metabolic function. Ultimately, you want to help your body function as it is designed to - including optimising its own ability to self-heal and repair when future problems arise.

What does it feel like?

Biodynamic and Cranial Osteopathy is very relaxing and some patients even fall asleep during the treatment. You remain clothed and lay on your back or side, with some movements performed while seated. You may feel some sensations or warmth throughout your body during a treatment.

What Conditions can be treated?

Biodynamic and Cranial Osteopathy can help with a wide range of problems including:
  • Treatment for infants and children
  • Low back pain or sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Postural problems
  • Growing pains
  • Lower limb pain (hip, knee, leg, foot, ankle)
  • Arm, wrist & shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Chronic conditions and pain management like arthritis
  • Pre and post surgical rehabilitation
  • Preparation for and recovery from childbirth
  • Menstrual pain
  • Supporting your health in chronic fatigue
  • Breathing and respiration problems
  • Stress
  • Jaw pain and dental or orthodontic support
  • Visceral techniques for digestion

Is Biodynamic and Cranial Osteopathy a Well Established Treatment?

Though not widely known, Cranial Osteopathy has been developed and used across the world for 100 years. Our Osteopaths undergo a five-year degree, as well as regular postgraduate training, to be able to use this technique effectively.

Some preliminary research into Cranial Osteopathy has been conducted, and there is much more clinical research that needs to be undertaken to show the effectiveness of the treatment approach to many of the conditions that are commonly treated. This research has proven difficult as Cranial Osteopathy isn’t just a ‘technique’ applied to a condition or symptom, but a treatment approach applied to an individual person to improve physiological function. This makes it a challenge to comply with the current models of research study.

A biodynamic approach is a more recent addition to Osteopathy, taking the principles of Cranial Osteopathy further and looks at how the person is functioning in their environment and life. It focuses even more on the powerful self-healing forces always present in the body and focuses on helping the body to maintain ideal health.

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