Osteopathy vs. CranioSacral Therapy
Many people have questions about the differences between an osteopath practicing cranial technique and a cranio-sacral therapist. Here is a table which outlines some of the differences.
|Training||4 years of medical school followed by 3 years of residency with at least one 40-hour course in cranial treatment||As little as 3 days of training|
|Scope of practice||Fully licensed physician qualified to diagnose and treat any medical condition||Not legally qualified to diagnose or treat any medical conditions|
|Method of treatment||May utilize any type of Osteopathic technique which is appropriate, from cranial treatment to muscle energy to thrusting techniques||Limited to cranio-sacral treatment, or other techniques based on other training (ie. physical therapy, massage)|
There are many well-meaning cranio-sacral therapists out there who have wonderful hands and a good sense of touch. However, without the training in osteopathic philosophy and application they are not able to provide the full range of therapeutic options that a DO can. For more information about OCF you can visit the Cranial Academy or the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation.