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How Does Cranial Osteopathy Differ From Cranio-Sacral Therapy?

The primary and most significant difference between the Cranial Osteopathy and Cranio-Sacral Therappy is the level of training of the practitioners. 

Cranial Osteopathy is a medical treatment applied by licensed physicians who have completed thorough Osteopathic medical education and numerous year of additional training in this specialty. In the United States, only actively licensed physicians are permitted to diagnose and treat using Cranial Osteopathy.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy requires little to no medical background. A single 24 hours course provides a certificate.

Osteopathic Physicians (USA) who are trained in the Cranial Concept:

  • Are taught the depth of Dr. Sutherland’s vision, and the evolution of his legacy dated from the early 1900s.

  • Are fully qualified to practice the full range and scope of medicine and surgery.  This thorough training brings a profound depth of understanding, knowledge, experience, and commitment to the Diagnosis and Treatment process.

  • Receive in-depth training in the applications of Osteopathic philosophy and technique. Cranial Osteopathy is an expansion of basic Osteopathic philosophy. Without this basic Osteopathic background, the full potential of cranial treatment may never be realized.

Osteopathic Physician training

Please click here for additional detailed discussion of Cranio Osteopathy and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.

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