Ear Infections & Chiropractic Care in New York City

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Infant ear infection treatment

It is estimated that nearly 75 percent of children under the age of three years will experience at least one ear infection. Ear infections are the most common reasons children are taken to their pediatrician. While ear infections are clearly “common” they are in no way without pain and discomfort to the child experiencing them. Ear infections occur when there is fluid build-up and inflammation in the middle ear and as a result of fluid stagnation results in possible bacteria build-up within the ear. 

Symptoms and Causes

Bacteria or virus in the middle ear is generally what results from congestion of fluid as a result of less than optimal flow of lymphatics within the head and neck areas. This causes ear infections, which can be painful due to inflammation and a build-up of fluids. Allergies, flu, and colds can produce an overproduction of fluids and hence, ear infection from the congestion and swelling of nasal passages, throat and eustachian tubes.  Commonly the symptoms of fluid stagnation develops quickly. The most common symptoms include:

  • Ear pain, worsened when lying down
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Diminished hearing
  • Loss of balance
  • Fever
  • Headache

Symptoms to Look for in Children

  • Tugging or pulling on the ear
  • Crying more than usual
  • Irritable/changes in mood
  • Lack of response to sounds
  • Fevers over 100° F

Antibiotics are generally the first line of treatment when a child is seen for an Ear Infection. Along with antibiotics the physician may also recommend over-the-counter pain relief medications, ear drops, administering of heat and other interventions. 

Through Pediatric Chiropractic care and other alternative manual hands-on techniques Ear Infections can be prevented and quickly erradicated.  How exactly? Be mindful of 2 things, (1) spinal and cranial misalignment can cause undue pulling on the child’s neck muscles creating fascial tension within the head and neck drainage canals, effecting the eustachian tubes; and (2) this tension leads to dysfunction of lymphatic system around and inside the ears that drain lymphatic fluid causing a build-up and creating an unhealthy environment and risk for infection.

Chiropractic pediatric gentle adjustments reduce the tension of misalignments all throughout the body–restoring normal muscular physiology. Gentle spinal adjustments to the musculoskeletal system reduce stress related interferences thereby enhancing overall body function. The Body’s systems (respiratory, circulatory, muscular, glandular, digestive, hormonal, eliminatory, and immunological) rely on the optimal functioning of the craniosacral system. 

Pediatric Chiropractic care allow the body to restore its natural state of function and health. The best course of action is to support the body in regaining its balanced flow within the lymphatic system. The science of physiology has made clear that the body is an intricate ecosystem.  Chiropractic care focuses on returning the body to normal physiological function. Once balanced your lymphatic system flow functions at optimal efficiency.

The Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics published a study indicating a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections.  332 children experiencing chronic ear infections were enrolled in the study. Their ages ranged from 27 days to 5 years, and each was given a series of gentle chiropractic care.  The conclusion of the study showed nearly 80% of the children no longer experienced ear infections within the six-month period following their initial visits.

It’s important to understand that imbalance in the internal tissues of the cranium influence the structure and integrity of the Eustachian Tube. The Eustachian Tube is a small channel that drains fluid and mucous build up from the middle ear into the back of the throat.

Another alternative approach to treating and preventing Ear Infections is Craniosacral Therapy. For babies and children who suffer with ear infections Craniosacral treatment focuses on the fluid flow, re-alignment and balance of the cranial and facial structures that correlate to the Eustachian Tubes. This is because it’s critical that the Eustachian Tubes themselves is freely mobile and able to drain the middle ear.  Craniosacral Therapy has effectively treated children suffering from chronic ear infections. Craniosacral treatment addresses factors causing stress to the immune and nervous system which may be driving increased susceptibility to infection. These stressors are removed by releasing stagnation restrictions and fluid flow congestion in the cranium and the ears.

A healthy cranium is a balanced cranium where the Eustachian tube is a free channel that drains efficiently, keeping the middle ear clear and clean.   It’s when the Eustachian Tube is blocked that the middle ear can become infected, inflamed and swollen, becoming a perfect environment for the proliferation of bacteria and viruses.

Seeking out alternative means of treatment can be beneficial for the child and the parents. Through Chiropractic care and craniosacral therapy the child with chronic Ear Infections can experience immediate improvement and relief long-term. 

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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