Craniopathy is an alternative form of osteopathy which is also practiced in the profession of chiropractic in the form of Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT). Craniopathy like Osteopathy is a non-invasive method of therapy that relies on manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal system to improve health. The overall goal is to enhance the function of the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. Craniopathy was developed by Chiropractor and Osteopath by the name of Major Bertrand DeJarnette who studied with Cranial Osteopath Dr. William G. Sutherland.

Sutherland surmised that the “breath of life” pulsated from the cranium. This thought is based on the fact that the cranium does in deed pulsate and “breath” if you will, pumping through the body cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), yet this is not widely known.

The skull’s movement is in response to blood pressure and nerve cell movement and is very light making it difficult to feel by anyone not trained in Craniopathy. Because the bones of the cranium are able to move they can, therefore, be adjusted / manipulated by a trained chiropractor, if needed. This manipulation allows the “living force”of CSF to flow freely and can lead to optimal overall health. The glands primarily associated with the flow of hormones are also impacted by this pulsing. An individual may suffer from migraines, cluster headaches, slight dysfunctions of the brain, and hormonal issues as a result of the bones around this area not moving as freely as they should.

The cranial vault is the portion of the skull that covers the brain. When this area has distortions / misalignments it is thought that many diseases and disorders may develop as a result. These conditions include ADHD, autism, Parkinson’s disease and even scoliosis. Facial and temporal bones that that are misaligned can lead to jaw pain / TMJ vertigo, facial pain, Bell’s Palsy, and dizziness.

During a visit to a chiropractic practitioner of Craniopathy a patient should expect to give a thorough history of former injuries, their birth process (c-section, vaginal, etc.), current symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. A physical exam will then be performed to inspect the ribs, cranium, spine, and limbs. The practitioner will then manipulate the cranial bones and sacrum into its proper alignment with gentle, directed and focused touch.

The first visit should last approximately one hour to give the practitioner enough time to review the individual history and properly examine the patient and apply the manipulation techniques needed. Follow up visits will usually last 30-45 minutes.

The (SOT) Sacro Occipital Technique association is an international organization requiring membership. This organization is the governing body for Craniopathy practitioners. Doctors of Osteopathy (DO’s), dentists, medical doctors, and chiropractors are able to be trained by the SOT practitioners.

Dr. Kaminsky is well versed in Craniopathy and SOT Chiropractic but prefers to use the gentler methods of Craniosacral Therapy. He is located in NYC, Midtown, Manhattan.

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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