Colic Treatment through Chiropractic Care in New York City

Any parent or caregiver who has cared for an infant with Colic knows just how life-altering this condition can be both for the child and parent. Colic in an infant is defined as crying more than 3 hours a day for more than 3 days a week and lasting for at least 3 weeks. It occurs in up to 40 percent of babies and begins between the third and sixth week after birth. 

Debate exists around the cause of Colic with experts on all sides and research supporting them. While the cause is somewhat unknown it is widely believed to be the result of some form of food allergy. As the infant takes in the specific allergy gastrointestinal discomfort will result causing the continuous and intense crying. 

Milk protein allergy is the most common cause attributed to Colic which is primarily in formula fed babies. However, breastfed babies may also be reacting poorly to a food in mom’s diet. Other hypothesized causes are immature digestive system and overstimulated senses. Experts do agree that the cause is not genetic or linked to anything that did or did not occur during the child’s development in pregnancy. 

Symptoms of Colic, as mentioned previously, are primarily excessive and intense crying. To distinguish regular infant crying from Colic the symptoms to look for are clenched fists and pulling up of the legs as an attempt to remove gas or relieve stomach pain, and crying that occurs at the same time daily.

Colic is not known to have any long-term side effects, but the short term and immediate repercussions can be intense. Due to the excessive crying infants can become tense and rigid. This may lead to musculoskeletal issues. Sleep disturbances are common as they are often interrupted with bouts of crying making both the infant and the caregiver tense and sleep deprived. 

Feeding is a major concern for infants with Colic. It can be difficult and painstaking to get through a feeding with a Colicky infant. This is primarily due to gastrointestinal pain and pain associated with eating. It is thought that the amount of nutrients received is not reduced because of Colic, it just takes a bit longer for the infant to get what they need. 

While babies can and do outgrow Colic it is still an unpleasant and painful experience for the infant and if it can be avoided or cured measures are certainly worth taking. There are steps parents can take to reduce the intensity and time that a child has this condition. 

Removing cows milk protein is generally a first step in reducing Colic. A hypoallergenic diet for the mother may be suggested. Home remedies include swaddling the infant during naps and sleep, frequent and smaller feedings, and feeding the infant upright. 

Parents are increasingly taking their babies and children to chiropractors for a variety of conditions, including asthma, ear infections, ADHD, autism, and certainly colic.  Chiropractic adjustments work to reduce Colic symptoms by releasing stress and tension in the infants body. Adjustments also correct subluxations that interfere with nervous system functions in the intestines, stomach, and organs associated with digestion.  There is research to support the effectiveness of chiropractic care for a Colicky child.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published a clinical trial where researchers found that “Spinal manipulation is effective in relieving colic in infants.”  In this study, researchers put babies with colic in two groups. Group 1 was given an anti-gas medication and Group 2 was given chiropractic adjustments from a pediatric chiropractor.  The babies in the medication group showed a 38% decrease in the amount of crying their moms recorded, but the babies that received chiropractic adjustments, after just 3 sessions showed a 67% decrease in crying and symptoms.

When a subluxation disturbs nerves in the stomach, intestines, and other abdominal organs gastric function can be adversely effected producing discomfort, gas and other colic symptoms. A Chiropractic doctor specializes in the detection and correction of subluxations.  Chiropractic care restores normal function of the nervous system enabling an infant’s digestive tract and related organs to have a better opportunity to receive nerve supply from the spine and brain, bringing the entire digestive tract back to full normal function. The result is a happy and content baby.

Craniosacral Therapy is another alternative medicine therapy that can be beneficial in treating Colic. It has been shown to be successful in relieving symptoms of Colic. Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on technique that facilitates the unwinding of areas of compression and misalignment, encouraging the release of stress and associated emotions.

Your baby’s body can then start to soften and relax as pressure along with tension are removed. This allows for the full circulation of cerebrospinal fluid to return; room in the body is freed for natural growth and functioning, and your baby’s health and wellbeing can be much improved.  Also Craniosacral therapy commonly releases residual tension around the stomach and colon that have been causing a degree of colicky symptoms to occur. 

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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