A concussion is a result of a rapid movement of your head. A concussion can result from many activities such as collision, falling, tripping or even shaking your head up and down or side to side as in a rock concert. Car accidents, sports injuries, slips and falls can all cause a concussion. Depending on the amount and direction of the force, vasculature in the brain can strain and internal bleeding may occur. Also damage is possible in the neurons, neuronal centers and glial brain tissue which support the various brain functions and actions. The symptoms can be mild to very severe and can include dizziness, vertigo, fogginess, headache, head pain, forgetfulness, ringing in the ears, a feeling of tightness in and around the head and many other signs and symptoms associated with concussions. In fact symptoms may not show up until later, sometimes a year or more after the original incident. This is referred to as post concussion syndrome and can include emotional and behavioral symptoms and pain, a person may become more irritable and aggressive. Anxiety, depression, apathy and other changes in personality may also occur in severe concussion.
Simply put, a concussion causes a disruption of the craniosacral mechanism. A person experiencing feelings of “foggy” headedness or difficulty remembering recent events may be expressing thinking / remembering signs of concussion. Headaches or sensitivity to light and noise is a physical indication of concussion. Onset of irritability, sadness, or anxiety without obvious cause can point to emotional / mood related concussion symptoms. And any change in the sleep pattern, whether more or less, may indicate a concussion has occurred as well. All of these symptoms may not occur at the same time or may be very mild, therefore, at the indication of any of them it is important to be evaluated.
Children are often unable to communicate physical signs of concussion. Other signs to look for in children include dazed appearance, excessive crying, change in eating patterns, lack of interest, lack of sleep and tiring easily. On rare occasions blood clots may form as a result of a concussion and danger signs should be taken very seriously. In children these signs include headache that does not go away and gets worse, weakness and loss of coordination, chronic vomiting and nausea, and slurred speech. In which case a visit to the emergency room, immediately is necessary to be cleared for any further intervention.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle hands on treatment that accesses the nervous system via the cranium (skull), sacrum (tailbone), dural tube (surrounding the spinal cord), This system helps to enhance the production and distribution of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the body. Cerebrospinal fluid is an essential element that feeds brain cells and buffers a head impact. This fluid is produced in the brain, and through the movement of the cranial bones, is circulated down the spinal column. The effects of providing this hands on attention to the craniosacral system for those suffering from post concussion syndrome can be profound at relieving symptoms offering an avenue that encourages the person’s own natural healing mechanism. Craniosacral therapy is fundamentally an approach that encourages the body to self regulate and heal.
Elizabeth Sandel, M.D. a nationally recognized brain injury specialist, has stated craniosacral therapy can be effective at treating headaches, as well as neck and back pain that are common with post-concussion syndrome.
Chiropractic care combined with craniosacral therapy can help make corrections that can reverse a concussion. Chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine can relieve pain of the head and neck associated with concussions, and craniosacral therapy can greatly improve function. Concussion is being talked about more openly lately and it affects not only athletes but the many who have had head injury from seemingly simple “bumps” on the head. A concussion can happen to anyone and we strongly encourage anyone who has had a concussion to consider making an introductory appointment, Dr. Kaminsky can help you with your concussion symptoms.
Concussion in football is commonplace and one healed advocate of Craniosacral Therapy is an NFL player by the name of Ricky Williams who has benefited greatly from CST. And to learn more about craniosacral Therapy and the treatment of Concussion you can visit the Upledger Institute website.
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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