Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle, safe and effective form of osteopathy, which is suitable for all ages from babies and children to adults. Although the name implies only the head is treated, any part of the body can be treated this way. It works on the principle that there is a very subtle movement between the cranial bones, bones of the body and circulation, and restriction in this movement may cause problems. Diagnosis is made by the osteopath using a highly developed sense of touch to feel for subtle restrictions in the body. Cranial osteopathy can be used to treat new and old injuries. The latter in particular can be a predisposing factor to many back problems.