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What is the difference between Craniosacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy?

Craniosacral therapy (CST) and cranial osteopathy (CO) are two distinct forms of therapy that are based on the concept of the craniosacral system, which includes the bones, tissues, and fluids that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. While both therapies share some similarities, there are some differences between the two.



Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on therapy that aims to release tension in the craniosacral system and improve the body's ability to heal itself. The therapist uses very light touch to detect and correct imbalances in the system, and may focus on specific areas of the body, such as the head, neck, and spine.


Cranial osteopathy, on the other hand, is a more structured form of therapy that is based on the principles of osteopathy. The therapist uses a combination of gentle manipulations and techniques to improve the function of the musculoskeletal system and the body's natural healing processes. CO may involve working on the craniosacral system, as well as other areas of the body, to release tension and improve alignment.


While both therapies share a focus on the craniosacral system, the approach and techniques used can be different. While both techniques are gentle, CST is often more subtle, while CO may involve more direct manipulation of the body. Additionally, CST may be practiced by a wider range of healthcare professionals, including massage therapists and other bodyworkers, while CO is typically practiced by osteopaths.


Both methods are used to address similar issues such as chronic pain, headaches, anxiety, and stress-related disorders, with Cranial Osteopathy more commonly used for "structural issues" such as those caused by dentistry work or physical trauma.


Ultimately, the choice between CST and CO will depend on your individual needs and preferences. What I offer in Zurich leans more towards Cranial Osteopathy, if you would like to work with a a pure Craniosacral Therapist ask me and I can recommend you onwards.


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