Craniosacral Therapy and Dental Collaboration.

Dental and Cranial Therapy - Chiropractic

Dental / Medical Collaboration

Sometimes a multifaceted approach to patient care is necessary. Dr. Kaminsky offers craniosacral therapy for Tongue and Lip Tie issues collaborating with ENT’s and Dentists, for the mutual benefit of the patient. And mainly to improve the latch between mother and baby.

The ALF appliance also works well with Craniosacral Therapy.

Issues of TMJ and Airway Passage breathing difficulties respond above average with dental co-treatment incorporating craniosacral therapy.

Treatment for jaw and teeth grinding issues work well with a craniosacral therapist in co-treatment.

Dr. Kaminsky utilizes cranial techniques to aid in the dental correction process, working synergistically within a professional team for a better patient outcome.

In-oral mouth appliances are used very often for patients with craniofacial conditions. Most commonly for jaw pain / TMJ issues, and airway passage issues in both children and adults.

For Dr. Kaminsky, his contribution is that of maintaining optimal function of chewing, eating, breathing and speaking with means of craniosacral therapy, as well as help improve the structure and symmetry of the cranium.

Tongue Tie, Lip Tie

Pre revision Tongue tie and Lip tie can prevent with craniosacral therapy the need to for cutting or lasering the tissue. Successful treatment with craniosacral therapy can eliminate the ties naturally.

Post revision, craniosacral therapy can still help with tissue rebalancing and aid in the healing process that is necessary after a revision. As well as allow for the revised tissues to resorb and heal optimally, improving the outcome and preventing a repeat revision. You want maximum healing potential.

Together with an approach to rehabilitate a tongue tie, great strides can be achieved with a collaborative effort of multiple healthcare practitioners working synergistically towards the same goal for the baby / child. Including adults who have been diagnosed with tongue tie and are going through with procedures to address the tongue tie.

TMJ Pain and Clicking

TMJ pain and clicking are often symptoms Dentists specialize in treating. The most common approach is via a mouth appliance, a specific type of night-guard or mouth splint. Also known as occlusal splint and oral splint.

These appliances generally have a specific purpose for the patient with a varying degree in their application and intended outcome that include the following:

  • Protect your teeth from clenching during sleep
  • Improve TMJ dysfunction
  • Decrease TMJ pain / clicking
  • Improve sleep apnea / snoring
  • Reduce headaches
  • Stabilize the jaw

There are basically two types of mouth guards, Stabilization splints and Repositioning splints. Patients wear stabilization splints to keep the muscles of the face and jaw from tightening / clenching.

Repositioning splints are used for cranial misalignment issues, such as in the case of TMJ clicking and popping. Repositioning splints are intended to realign the jaw joints to allow for a smooth even mouth opening and closing.

Alf Appliance

Another quite effective mouth appliance is the ALF appliance, it stands for Advanced Lightwire Functional. It is a custom made wire appliance used to help reposition the jaw, improve dental arches, help with airway passage and realign teeth.

There are numerous other appliances that are used for Controlled Arch and Palatal Expanders. However, the most important aspect is to make sure the appliance is not impeding the craniosacral mechanism, and to make sure the application of correct forces on to the teeth and jaw allow for optimal corrective changes.

The dental appliance is installed with the end goal of specific corrections in mind. The co-treatment responsibility of any Cranial Osteopath, Craniosacral Therapist or SOT Chiropractor is to maintain the continued unimpeded function of the craniosacral system. And to aid in the movement of specific craniofacial bones into its proper alignment. This is done with a proper craniofacial evaluation method such as craniosacral therapy techniques.

Cranial osteopathy is a practice based on the theory that proper structure in the body leads to better overall health and function. This practice gently manipulates a patient’s cranial and facial bones to treat specific issues, obtain realignment, and advance overall health.  ALF (Advanced Lightwire Functionals) is an orthodontic treatment that uses these principles of cranial osteopathy to achieve several health and quality of life outcomes for patients. This non-traditional orthodontic treatment came into practice in 1983 when r. Darick Nordstrom introduced it to the orthodontic field.

Nordstrom did not intend for his appliance to be as beneficial to other health issues as it became. Soon after implementation he began to realize his patients were gaining relief from a variety of conditions he had not meant to treat. It became obvious that patient’s with impaired craniosacral motion saw the most benefit from the ALF Appliance. This motion can be limited due to head injuries, trauma from birth, poorly positioned jaws, tooth abrasion and tooth loss without denture replacements. Cranial strain results due to impaired craniosacral motion causing the body compensate in other ways. This compensation leads to problems in other areas. This is where the ALF Appliance is most beneficial.

ALF Appliance boasts in the ability to treat many common health conditions that are generally ignored yet disrupt quality of life. Fatigue, headaches, PMS, neck and back pain, vision issues, clenching or grinding teeth, allergies, digestive disorders, ringing or humming in the ears, and developmental delays are some of the most common health issues Nordstrom’s patients saw an improvement in and which patient’s still see improvement today.

With advances in research since the onset of this treatment physicians are able to use it to correct specific health issues. These include sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, teeth misalignment, swallowing issues, improper dental arch positioning, speech impediment, and cranial bone realignment.

Each patient seeing treatment with an ALF Appliance is fitted with a is a removable appliance that is customized to their anatomy and specific needs. The appliance is constructed of flexible wire and is generally worn for 1-3 years. It is a discreet and removable appliance that extends from one molar to the other.

Dr. Kaminsky is experienced in collaborating with dental practitioners in this regard.

Cranial Osteopath, Craniosacral Therapist or Chiropractor

The job of a cranial practitioner is to evaluate for cranial asymmetry / misalignment. Sometimes there is sutural compromise within the plates of bones of the head and face. There may be sutural jamming, overlapping or abnormal fusion of two or more of the bones that make up the craniofacial structure, seen in tongue tie, TMJ dysfunction and other issues. It is important to rule out bone fusion and apply techniques designed to help realign the cranial bones. Thereby, adding synergy to the dental or medical professionals in a collaborative effort.

Learn more about Dr. Kaminsky, visit his bio and experience page, then bring your child in for an appointment.

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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