Asthma Treatment & Chiropractic Care in New York City

Asthma is a respiratory condition noted by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, making it difficult to breath. Generally it’s a result of an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity. The respiratory pathways can become inflamed and can narrow due to swelling and excess mucous.  

“Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing early in the morning and at night.  If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but you will have asthma attacks only when something bothers your lungs”.                       

                                                                                                – Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Asthma can be a debilitating disease, and typically requires medication, carrying a rescue inhaler so Asthma sufferers are prepared for emergencies at all times, and even refraining from activities they enjoy. The human body has innate mechanisms that are designed to protect and keep the body functioning as close to 100% as possible at all times.  The human body is extremely capable of taking care of almost anything we come in contact with or stresses we put our bodies under. When we look at asthma and we see words like “hypersensitivity” and “allergic reaction” that means the body is not functioning the way that it was intended to.These are both signs that the nervous system are not functioning at an optimal level. When we have one or more subluxations present, we can start to see signs of hyperactivity of the nervous system and body. A subluxation is simply a misalignment of the spine causing stress on the nervous system. Sometimes it can result in the slowing down of the bodies normal mechanisms.

Chiropractic does not seek to treat asthma. Chiropractic care is about locating the subluxations and stresses on your nervous system at the spinal levels of the lungs. When these subluxations are corrected your body can return to its normal function and ability to better heal itself. Chiropractic care fortifies our central nervous system decreasing the bodies over-reaction to what are typical stresses and substances in our environment (allergens, pollutants, etc).  

With Chiropractic care some of the spinal adjustments that may help in asthma treatment are located in the cervical spine, at the very top of your spine where the C1 Atlas and C2 Axis vertebrae connect your spine to the skull.  Your smallest vertebrae reside here and are the throughway for all of the spinal cord and your body’s nerves.  

Additionally, the cervical spine that stretches down from the C1 to C7 vertebrae affect your organs and in particular your throat and sinuses, thyroid and lymph nodes. Triggering a positive response here can ease symptoms of asthma.  Another option is to receive a Chiropractic Adjustment to the center of the thoracic spine, levels T1-T12.

Many health problems are a direct result of spinal misalignments because vertebrae that are not aligned properly can irritate important nerves and restrict their effectiveness. The nerves coming out of the upper back innervate the lungs, and if these nerves aren’t functioning optimally they may make the lungs more sensitive to asthma triggers. There are numerous research studies that report chiropractic correction of spinal misalignments help reduce the symptoms of asthma.  

Chronic pediatric asthma and chiropractic spinal manipulation, a prospective clinical series and randomized clinical pilot study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2001;24(6):369-77. 36 patients aged 6 to 17 with chronic, mild or moderate asthma were observed over a 3 month period. They received either a true or “placebo / faux” adjustment. Those who received real chiropractic adjustments rated their quality of life substantially higher and their asthma severity substantially lower. These improvements were maintained at the 1-year follow-up assessment. There were no important changes in lung function or hyperresponsiveness at any time. 

Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient with Asthma, Allergies, Chronic Colds & Vertebral Subluxation Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic 2009;   3: 1–7  A 7-year-old male was presented by his parents for chiropractic evaluation and possible care. The suffered from chronic colds, allergies, and asthma since the age of 5 months. At the time of initial evaluation, the patient was on a 1x/day dose of prescription Alavert for allergies and Albuterol for asthma. The patient was cared for using specific, low-force adjustments with the Activator Instrument to address areas of vertebral subluxation in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine. Within two weeks of initiating chiropractic care, the patient was able to discontinue his allergy and asthma medications (as decided upon by his parents) and the use of his nebulizer.

The practice a “whole body” approach serving patients that in order for your system to work correctly, it relies on normal communication from the brain to the spinal cord. Your central nervous system engages every organ of your body, traveling your spinal column and around your bones. This means keeping your central nervous system in good shape is necessary for optimal body function because if there is a misalignment in your body, it could be what is causing your asthmatic symptoms. Call me if you would like to have a deeper discussion on what is possible for your child.

About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy

Dr. Kaminsky is a 1999 graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. He is licensed to practice in NY and has completed close to three thousand hours of professional continuing education since becoming licensed in March of 2000.

The primary approach used in his office is Craniosacral Therapy (CST) which is a method focusing on the cranium (head) and sacrum (a large bone at the base of the spine) scientifically proven to control life sustaining fluid flow throughout the body.

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on manual therapy approach that brings about healing via the fluidity of the body. The existence of the Craniosacral System was first discovered by Osteopath Dr. William Sutherland in the early 1900’s, calling it Cranial Osteopathy.  And later rediscovered, validated, and developed by Dr. John Upledger in the late 70’s early 80’s, who renamed it Craniosacral Therapy after doing five years of research at the Michigan State University, School of Medicine. In 1983 Dr. John, as he was fondly called, established a teaching institute in Palm Beach, Florida, to teach this cranial sacral method to all healthcare providers. The Upledger Institute is still very active today.

The craniosacral mechanism pumps fluid which is produced in the brain, called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), through the fascial network of the body, the purpose of which is to lubricate joints, muscles, organs, all cells and all tissues. It is the driving life force for your body’s systems to function properly, CSF also carries healing properties to bodily traumas, injuries and past surgeries.

The proper function of your cranial sacral mechanism, via CSF flow, maintains the normal tone of your muscles, provide nutrients to your organs, and keeps you out of pain. It sustains human life and allows your nervous system to stay responsive to challenges of daily living and your mind-body life experiences. The better your craniosacral mechanism functions, the better the flow of this life sustaining fluid, the better your body can handle physical and emotional stress. The uninhibited flow of this fluid throughout your body allows you to thrive, opposite of survival mode.

CSF is part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) brain and spinal cord), which is physically encapsulated within the dural membranes of the spine and head.

One of the functions inside of your brain is to automatically generate energetic rhythmic impulses that function to pump CSF throughout your body, regulating your peripheral nerves, nervous system and organ systems, which in turn, sustain your function (physiology) and life. It is an important force that maintains everything functioning in your body. This is what we call the Craniosacral System, or Craniosacral Mechanism. It is the hydraulic, energetic and rejuvenating system of your body.

This measurable life force of moving fluid is palpable to a trained craniosacral therapist, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rate, that can all be felt, so too can the Cranial Sacral Rhythm (CSR) be palpated and measured. It is the foundational diagnostic tool in real-time used to evaluate your current state of well-being (or lack thereof), and potential for health improvement and healing.

Compromises of your rhythmic impulse, correlates to CSF flow restrictions in the system which the body is unable to self-correct or overcome on its own. This is the reason why over time we develop pain, dis-ease, symptoms, conditions, mind-body disconnect and basically all human physical and psychological ailments.

When the fluid isn’t flowing optimally, your bodily rejuvenation is affected, and this is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable. By placing his or her hands on your body, most commonly on your head and sacrum, for diagnostic purposes, the practitioner can detect, feel, evaluate, and rate the SSQAR (strength, symmetry, quality, amplitude, rate) of the rhythm; then bring forth correction of any limitations with subsequent experienced hand placements on different parts the body during a session.

A craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm reset, restore and renew allowing for healing to take place of the mind-body connection, musculoskeletal tightness and spasms, neurological deficits, autoimmune issues, organ function, many common conditions, and of course pain. Through a practitioners properly focused and attuned touch, your body is facilitated to release channels of fluid stagnation and flow restriction, which ultimately breakthrough, overcome and improve CSR and the function of vital fluid flow.

Dr. Alex Kaminsky is an advanced practitioner of Craniosacral therapy, having studied up to advanced levels including SER and pediatric courses. He has built a solid foundation with many years of experience, treating babies, children and adults.

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