Helping Children in New York City with Coronavirus / COVID-19 Anxiety
The coronavirus has changed daily life dramatically for children throughout New York City. Because of the coronavirus and how our daily lives have been disrupted, it’s commonplace to feel a sense of being on the edge. The uncertainty of what tomorrow may bring coupled with the nonstop news coverage of the virus only adds to the anxiety we feel. Also be mindful children are intuitive and perceptive and if the adults in their lives feel anxious due to this pandemic – children pick up on this anxiety and feel it too.
With children who are feeling worried, learning how to deal with that anxiety in a healthy way can help the child and the entire family be more resilient in managing through this pandemic. Anxiety commonly surfaces in tandem with ADHD and other learning differences. Some kids also struggle with managing emotions. That can make it harder for them to think logically about how to cope with situations that make them anxious.
If you are a parent with young children, it is important to consider the impact of all that’s unfolded in response to the pandemic. It’s natural to feel anxiety mindful of the crisis we have all been part of and when it gets overwhelming, we’re less able to rise to a challenge, and sometimes we get stuck. It’s important for parents to be mindful that in a child, anxiety could look like:
- Reassurance-seeking (Are we going to be okay? Is grandpa going to be okay?)
- Reluctance to separate from parents
- Physical symptoms like headaches or stomach aches
- Moodiness and irritability
- Tantrums or meltdowns
- Trouble sleeping
When the body experiences anxiety the body can then the exhibit restricted breathing, headaches, muscle tension, digestive problems, skin rashes, or other aches and pains. This compromises and threatens a primary goal of parenting which is to raise children into capable adults who are able to successfully use their gifts, contribute to society, and raise a family of their own. Hence for a child to grow into a healthy and fit adult it requires that he or she have the experience of successfully and effectively managing with adversity, including the current pandemic. Craniosacral Therapy can help children cope with anxiety, manage their own nervous system, and give them a sense of control even during an uncertain time.
In fact simply intentionally slowing down your breath, and feeling your feet on the ground, can go a long way towards calming the nervous system (and the symptoms of anxiety). Generally anxiety in children needs to be addressed from the body up, and one of the quickest ways to change the biochemistry of anxiety in our bodies is with craniosacral therapy.
CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch manual therapeutic treatment shown to be effective in supporting the central nervous system so that a child’s body can self-correct, if need be heal, and function naturally optimally. As the central nervous system is the control center of the body it influences all other body systems and functions. That’s why problems here can cause a wide range of sensory, motor or neurological conditions including anxiety. The ultimate goal of craniosacral therapy is for the release of energy or blockages in the nervous system by hands-on manipulation similar to gentle massage. If you would like to have a more personal conversation about your concerns with your child and any anxiety they may be experiencing, please give me a call – thank you.
About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a method focusing on the link between the cranium (head) and sacrum (the second to last bone at the base of your spine), scientifically proven to work in unison to pump fluid throughout the body, an unknown disruption of which can cause many health issues. The craniosacral mechanism pumps vital fluid called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) through the body and in a sense energetically lubricates the joints, tissues, organs; basically all cells of the body. It is the driving force of all your body’s systems of function; including maintaining the tone of your muscles.
The Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) are surrounded with CSF generating energetic rhythmic impulses of fluid delicately pumping throughout your body’s parts “breathing” the movement of life. This measurable rhythm of moving fluid, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rhythm is the foundational “blueprint” and primary principle of our real-time state of our health.
Compromises of our rhythmic movements of fluid flow correlates to the impulse restrictions in the system which the body is unable to overcome or self-correct. This is the reason why we have “dis-ease”, symptoms, conditions, basically all ailments. This is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable. By placing his or her hands on your body the practitioner can feel, detect, evaluate, and facilitate correction of these restrictive arrhythmic impulses.
The craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm restore and renew in compromised areas allowing for healing to take place of sensory, motor, musculoskeletal, neurological disorders, symptoms, conditions and pain. To learn more, visit the other pages on this website. Call to schedule your healing treatment with Dr. Kaminsky.