Year 5: Cranio-visceral year 2

The second cranio-visceral year covers one academic year of 9 weekend courses, 1 recap day, 9 morning practice sessions and dissection courses. A weekend course starts on Friday at 9h30 with a morning practice session, followed by the courses from 14h until 19h. Saturday 8h30 to 19h and sunday 8h30 to 12h30

Infra follows an introduction to cranial osteopathy. Click here to see an introcuction to visceral osteopathy. Remember this partition of osteopathy is merely a didactical partition. To merge the structural and cranio-visceral years, Fico has a 6th year or coordination year. Integration and coordination

Cranial osteopathy is a treatment of and through the skull which impacts the skull itself and all related tissue. It is a treatment of structures and functions with an effect on different tissues all over the body.

The human body is composed of billions of cells. A group of cells which have the same function, form a tissue such as muscle or bone tissue, dura or an organ. Each body tissue has a defined task; in order to perform this task the cells need nutrients. The supply of nutrients and the discharge of waste are organized by systems of transportation: our arteries, veins and lymphatic system.

Each human being has an inner strength , i.e. the homeostasis, which aims to ensure the health of the body and to defend and adapt itself, as a result of which all kind of lesions can be overcome.

The system controlling this ability is called the neurovegetative system or the autonomic nervous system. This system regulates the balance of body temperature, hormones, blood pressure, heart rate, fluids, minerals and blood sugar. This way this system ensures the ability to perform and to conserve and recover health. The most important nuclei of this system are located in the human brain, more specifically in the mid-brain, the brainstem and the spinal cord.

Including the hyoid bone and the ear bones the skull consists of 26 different bones. Each of these skull bones has an amount of flexibility. Trauma, muscle spasm of the cervical and the masticatory muscles can disturb the mobility level of these skull bones. This disturbance can negatively affect the circulation systems within the skull (cerebrospinal fluid, arterial and venous circulation) and thus the system which controls the conservation and recovery of health.

Cranial therapy is a treatment of and through the skull with an effect on the skull itself, but also on related tissues. It is a treatment of structures and functions with an effect on the different tissues of the skull. The different bones of the skull have the ability to shift through the sutures. At the inner side of the skull this movement is continued by the meninges. Through the foramen magnum this movement is passed on the spinal cord membranes to eventually reach the sacrum. This ongoing rhythmical movement thus can influence the structural system as well as the organs.

Cranial techniques are applied to restore the flexibility of the skull bones, to improve the circulation of the brain fluid and to stimulate the neurovegetative system, thus supporting the regulating process of all body functions. Next to regaining the mobility of joints and stimulating the functions of the organs, improvement in the flexibility of the skull bones is an equally valuable tool in the range of therapeutic possibilities.

Examples of disorders on which cranial therapy has a direct impact are tinnitus (ear buzz), glaucoma (increased eye pressure), sinusitis, strabismus (squint), cataract, trigeminal neuralgia, TMG disorders (temporo-mandibular joint), malocclusion, bite anomaly, cough stimulus, vertigo, balance disorder and headaches of all kind. In addition the cranial techniques have a positive influence on the neurovegetative and the hormonal system. Cranial techniques are of great importance when treating children’s disorders. The techniques can directly be applied for treating dyslexia, development or behaviour disorders, reflux, torticollis, hyper kinesis, learning difficulties, nocturnal crying etc. On other organs such as the lungs, the heart and the digestive organs the cranial techniques have a healing influence as well.

The FICO offers you the possibility to acquire this type of therapy at a high standard and scientifically founded level. In one year you will be taught to manage these techniques in order to achieve a satisfying result for your patient.

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Daelemans Tim DO, Pauwels Jöry DO


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