Dysgraphia is a learning disability that impacts a child’s handwriting and fine motor abilities. It can create difficulty in proper word spacing, spelling, and a child being able to put their thoughts on paper. Dysgraphia is known to be caused by differences in brain function and impaired communication between areas of the brain involved in writing. Children with dysgraphia have difficulty with both orthographic coding (using the visual system to form, store, and recall words) and planning sequential finger movements for the process of writing.
Both or these two writing skills are planned in the brain. In working memory, the brain takes in information through the senses and stores it to use later. Before a person starts writing, he retrieves information from his short- or long-term memory and gets organized to begin writing. In a person with dysgraphia, these steps in the writing process go off track neurologically.
Parents who suspect their child may be struggling with this condition should look for specific signs including; painful pencil grip, sentence structure issues, difficulty following the child’s written thoughts, difference in pronunciation between their spoken and written words. Testing can be done by a professional such as the child’s Pediatrician, trained Psychologist, or Occupational Therapist. Having a diagnosis early is essential for the child’s success.
Since learning disabilities are neurologically-based, Craniosacral Therapy and Chiropractic care aim to correct interference along the nervous system, it follows that reduction or elimination of such interference can only help. This in fact is supported by good research.
Craniosacral therapy looks for slight changes in the cerebrospinal fluid, this is the fluid found around the brain and the spinal cord. This fluid when it does not have any restrictions in function, has a particular rhythm, rate, and flow. Craniosacral therapy aims to work at releasing any fluid blockages that may be present throughout thespinal canal of the central nervous system and brain allowing optimum level of central nervous system function.
Within Chiropractic care, subluxation is the mechanical compression and irritation to spinal joints and nerves. Subluxations congest the cerebral spinal fluid flow (the neurological feedback loop) by causing altered rhythms of neurological flow. Subluxations in the cranial bones and misalignments in the spine lead to interference within the nervous system which can lead to many negative health complications, including suspected learning disabilities. Studies dating as far back at 1980’s show improvements in multiple learning disabilities through consistent Chiropractic adjustments. Adjustments coupled with Craniosacral Therapy are the most effective in treating these potential learning disabilities as the body’s cerebrospinal fluid is released and allowed to nourish brain and body cells properly.
Receiving adjustments through a trained Chiropractor can also help the child with Dysgraphia reduce the stress of living with this condition as many children find these adjustments to be relaxing.
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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