Chronic Back and Neck Pain Treatment in New York City

Most people will experience chronic back or neck pain at some point in their life. Acute pain is sudden, sharp pain that subsides after a few days or a couple of months. However, some people continue to be afflicted from the pain long term and this is what we would characterize as chronic back or neck pain. Chronic pain may last for a dozen plus weeks, numerous months, or even multiple years and be continuous or intermittent. There are levels to chronic back or neck pain ranging from mild all the way to disabling however both can restrict mobility and interfere with your quality of life.

What causes back and neck pain?

In most cases, back and neck pain may have many different causes, including any of the following:

  • Overuse, strenuous activity, or improper use, such as repetitive or heavy lifting
  • Trauma, injury, or fractures
  • Degeneration of vertebrae, often caused by stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support your spine, or the effects of aging
  • Infection
  • Abnormal growth, such as a tumor or bone spur
  • Obesity, which places increased weight on your spine, and pressure on your discs
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • Sprain or strain
  • Ligament or muscle tears
  • Joint problems, such as arthritis
  • Smoking
  • Protruding or herniated (slipped) disk and pinched nerve
  • Osteoporosis and compression fractures
  • Congenital (present at birth) abnormalities of your vertebrae and bones
  • Abdominal problems, such as an aortic aneurysm

What are the symptoms of back and neck pain?

Symptoms associated with back pain may include:

  • Dull, burning, or sharp pain in your back.  The pain can be confined to a single spot or cover a large area
  • Leg numbness or tingling above or below your knee
  • Stiffness or achiness that occurs anywhere along your spine (from your neck to your tailbone)
  • Sharp, shooting pain that radiates from your low back to your buttocks, down the back of  your thigh, and into your calf and toes
  • Consistent ache in the middle or lower part of your back, especially after standing or sitting for an extended period

Symptoms associated with neck pain can be:

  • Arm numbness or tingling
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sharp shooting pains or a dull aches in your neck

The chiropractic care profession is devoted to the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors manipulate the spine delicately with their hands (or a handheld device) knowing proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication.  Spinal manipulation includes applying pressure at specific points, pulling, and skillfully repositioning of the head, shoulders, neck, back, or hips to help reduce back pain.

In a non-invasive, non-addictive treatment, known as a chiropractic adjustment, chiropractors reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other areas in the body in an effort to lessen inflammation and better the function of both the affected joint and nervous system.  Mobility can be restored to joints restricted by tissue injury often from a traumatic event, such as falling, improperly trying to lift a heavy object, or repetitive stress such as sitting in an office chair without proper back support over time.

By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage the discomfort in the back or neck.  The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, in their patient care guidelines, included spinal manipulation as one of several treatment options for trained practitioners to consider using. Including Chiropractors.

4 Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

Below are 4 research findings (evidence) supporting the beneficial outcomes from receiving chiropractic adjustments.

1. Sciatica: The European Spine Journal published findings from a clinical trial uncovering how chiropractic adjustments resulted in a 72% success rate in treating sciatica-related symptoms. This can be compared to a 20% success rate from treatment with physical therapy, and a 50% success rate from corticosteroid injections.

2. Low Back Pain: Another study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction one month following treatment compared to patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients, as a higher proportion of chiropractic patients (57% vs. 13% in the family physician group) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better.

3. Neck Pain: In a clinical trial compared was the effectiveness of manual therapy (chiropractic), physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at 7 weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

4. Neck Pain: In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care. Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal.

Further studies that prove Craniosacral Therapy is effective in treating neck pain can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4894825/

How the Head is Involved

Your brain produces a fluid called Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF), it’s consistency is that of a liquid substance. It is encased and travels within the head and spine. This controls your nerves , which control your muscles and also provides the energy for the rest of your body to function properly.

When subluxations / restrictions develop in your body, the functional physiology of your nervous system is altered, it shifts and becomes impeded resulting in conditions of muscle tightness creating the symptoms of pain.

Allowing your body to have those restrictions released by a chiropractor and additionally with craniosacral therapy, will allow your body to improve its muscular function, energy distribution and result in the cessation of pain.

Research studies show that herniated discs, spinal stenosis and other physical internal bodily variances have very little to do with pain. Plenty of people without pain have herniated discs. Pain comes from the lack of CSF flow within the spine, and facilitating treatment to include the head and neck is a very effective approach.

How Does a Chiropractor Manage Chronic Pain?

Common back pain treatment with chiropractic chronic pain management in NYC

Acute pain and Chronic pain respond well to Chiropractic care and Craniosacral Therapy (CST). CST improves the function of the Central Nervous System through the release of energetic flow restrictions within the body’s connective and fascial tissue networks. Once that is facilitated through hands-on care, conditions off all kinds and their symptoms resolve quickly.

Schedule a consultation and treatment with Dr. Kaminsky, and feel well again.

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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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