Osteopathy & Cranial Osteopathy

Osteopathy & Cranial Osteopathy – Julia Pilkington

Julia Pilkington from The South London Osteopathic Practice is delighted to be working at Training Points offering osteopathy and cranial osteopathy.

For appointments with Julia please contact
The South London Osteopathic Practice number – 020 8653 8810 – or go to the website

Osteopathy is a safe, well established and natural form of manual therapy.

In addition to being effective in the relief of symptoms, one of the main strengths of osteopathy lies in the ability of a fully qualified osteopath to assess each person as an individual and to ascertain what factors have contributed to a particular complaint.

The problem might be very straightforward – perhaps an overstrain injury in someone who is otherwise fit and healthy.

On the other hand it might be something more complicated – an accumulation of several factors such as a sedentary job, little time for exercise, loss of muscle tone and poor recovery from a previous complaint.

These together can lead to a similar looking set of symptoms but each will require a different approach and your osteopath will advise you accordingly.

At The South London Osteopathic Practice we work in close collaboration with our patients.

The aim of treatment is not only to sort out the immediate problem but to leave our patients in better physical health, providing them with a better understanding of what has happened to cause the problem and to reduce the likelihood of the problem reoccurring in the future.

It is core to osteopathic thinking that all systems of the body are interrelated, so poor performance in one area can lead to strain on other physiological processes.

Through treatment the osteopath hopes to affect the function of the whole system and in so doing to improve overall health and well-being.

Osteopathy is a well recognised treatment for a range of musculo-skeletal conditions related to the back and neck.
Some patients find check-up with and osteopath a few times a year keeps problems at bay and helps eradicate minor aches and pains.

copyright Julia Pilkington/Helen Clarke 2011

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy is a gentle form of osteopathic treatment. It is based on the belief that the osteopath is able to detect subtle restrictions in what has become known as the ‘cranial mechanism’ but is more accurately known as the ‘involuntary mechanism’.

Cranial osteopaths are fully qualified, registered osteopaths.

They will have graduated from a full time four year osteopathic training in order to call themselves ‘registered osteopaths’ so will have an extensive knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology.

Over and above this cranial osteopaths must complete further post graduate training focusing on the involuntary (cranial) mechanism. Osteopaths who work in this way have a highly developed sense of palpation.

Cranial osteopathy can be used on babies, children and adults of all ages. It is usually the therapy of choice for babies and children due to its gentle nature.

If you are bringing in a baby or a young child for treatment your osteopath will require about an hour for the first consultation.

In the case of a baby it is helpful if you can bring the hospital discharge sheet or Personal Health Record Book as these contain useful information that is not always easy to remember in detail.

Do not worry if you need to feed your baby during the consultation – we quite understand that there is often little routine in a very young baby’s life and we will always try to be accommodating.

Please feel free to bring along your baby’s favourite toy or distraction.

Many adults enjoy cranial osteopathy and the gentle experience may help towards improving a sense of well-being and relaxation.

copyright Julia Pilkington/Helen Clarke 2011

For further information please go to The South London Osteopathic website or call 020 8653 8810 for an appointment with Julia.