Dyslexia is the term given to the language-based learning disability that involves a cluster of symptoms. 1 of 5 children have a language-based learning disability, dyslexia being the most common. It is important to note that dyslexia is not tied to a child’s IQ or intelligence in any way. In fact, over 50 percent of NASA employees have dyslexia. Individuals with this condition are known to being able to think outside of the box, connecting ideas, and seeing the big picture. It is only considered a “learning disability” due to its impact on making it hard for some children to succeed without access to phonics-based reading.
The specific cause of dyslexia is unknown in the medical community and research is moving toward discovering what the cause might be. At present, imaging of the brain shows that there are differences in both development and function of a dyslexic brain as compared to a brain without a dyslexia diagnosis. It does appear that dyslexia may run in families, as parents with the condition are more likely to have children with it as well making it a neurobiological and possibly genetic condition.
The effects of dyslexia can be lifelong and result in poor self-image, feelings of being less intelligent, experience of heightened stress from academic issues, and discouragement in continuing education. Diagnosing dyslexia can be tricky as there is no single test for the condition. However, the founder of Craniosacral Therapy, Dr. John Upledger has evaluated and treated many children in his career and he has stated that dyslexia is directly tied into the misalignment of the Temporal bones of the cranium.
From a craniosacral perspective, the causes of dyslexia usually relate to a restriction somewhere in the craniosacral system. Because of the reciprocal nature of the system, the restriction can be anywhere in the system. The effect of the restriction may be painless or ends up causing pressure in the head, often but not exclusively, in the temporal regions of the brain. Hence Craniosacral Therapy can be a viable option of treatment to those children suffering with dyslexia. Once the Cranial Subluxations are restructured the abnormal pressure is removed off of the brain, then, normal brain activity can resume and chemistry can be maintained by diet and exercise.
Detecting and treating the condition early is a key to success. Though traditional treatments are mildly effective there are alternative means are proving to be thoroughly effective and / or are an excellent compliment to the conventional therapy that is already taking place. With a chiropractic care model vertebral misalignments or subluxations interfere with nerve system messages from the peripheral to the central nervous system. The disorganization within the central nervous system itself is a factor.
The main essence of chiropractic care is treating misalignments of the spine’s vertebrae, which are known as spinal subluxations. These subluxations can put pressure on the nerves leading to or from the spinal cord, which interfere with proper signaling to and from the brain. In the case of dyslexia, the pathways that allow for proper translation of written words into phonemes may be affected. By shifting these the cranial bones and or vertebrae back into alignment, the pressure on the nerves may be relieved, allowing the brain to properly process the written word.
There is a good chance Dr. Kaminsky can structure a Dyslexia Treatment blending a combination of craniosacral therapy and chiropractic care to help your child with dyslexia, while realizing other benefits to be gained such as improved sleep, better focus, and calmness during the day.
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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