Learning Disabilities Treatment in New York City

The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research – published a study titled The Effects of Chiropractic Care on Individuals Suffering from Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia: A Review of the Literature where it was concluded chiropractic care has benefited those with learning disabilities and should be included in a multidisciplinary approach to treat affected individuals. The research was a literature review by the Swiss chiropractor Yannick Pauli, who is President of the Swiss Chiropractic Pediatric Association and who specializes in the care of children suffering from learning and behavioral disorders.

Learning disorders affect anywhere between 3% – 10% of school-aged children in the U.S. The numbers vary depending on the exact criteria that we use. And it is certainly true that individuals with these disorders often suffer from low self-esteem, low levels of motivation, loss of interest in school, academic difficulties and often have problems in social functioning.

Dr. Pauli suggest that any positive effects on learning disabilities may have something to do with improving function in the cerebellum. Most books will tell you that the cerebellum is simply involved in motor coordination, posture and balance. But that has long been known to be a limited view. Amongst mammals, humans have the largest cerebellum relative to the rest of the brain, and it is involved in coordinating not just motor functions, but also sensation, language, emotion and social functions.

Learning disorders primarily originate in the brain, hence they are central nervous system dysfunctions thought to be triggered by nerve interference or cranial and vertebral misalignments called subluxations. Dr. Pauli concluded spinal misalignments “alter the quality and quantity of neural inputs to the central nervous system and result in an asymmetric function of brain hemispheres, thus preventing the achievement of temporal coherence between the two hemispheres”.

“The only source of constant stimulation to the brain comes from the spine and the postural muscles constantly adjusting to the force of gravity…. If the daily physical stresses of life cause misalignments in the spine — called vertebral subluxations by chiropractors — the brain is not adequately stimulated. This can cause problems throughout the body.”   

                                   – Dr. Yannick Pauli, President of the Swiss Chiropractic Pediatric Association 

Hence it’s believed a reduction of spinal misalignment through chiropractic care may restore proper joint and central nervous system function and improve motor balance overall. However also effective in treating children with learning disabilities is an area wherein I specialize, Craniosacral therapy.

Some of the causes of so-called “learning disabilities” include nutritional deficiencies, unbeknown toxic foods, yeast, parasite infections, and environmental pollutants. All of these other factors can be addressed but the results will still be unsatisfactory until the misalignments in the cranium and spine are corrected. Therefore, it is essential when treating children with learning disabilities that cranial adjusting (cranio-sacral therapy) be included in the treatment protocol.

Subluxation Principle

The principle of subluxation in the spine is that misaligned vertebrae pinch on peripheral nerves, causing either pain or malfunction. This principle also applies to the head (cranium).

Cranial misalignments can cause:

  • Pressure directly on the brain interfering with its ability to function.
  • Pressure on the nerves coming to and from the brain; interfering with communication.
  • Decreased blood supply to the brain, further impairing its function.

These factors produce a brain that is unable to function at its full potential.

The brain misinterprets the messages coming from the peripheral nerves in response to various stimuli and sends inappropriate messages back to the various parts of the body. This results in bizarre behavior, incorrect answers, misinterpretation of instructions, and totally unrelated reactions to information.

Important Facts About the Cranium

  • The bones in the cranium do not fuse together.
  • They are joined together via sutures (outline of the plates of bone comprising the head that attach together at the seams of individual cranial bones) that remain movable.
  • The sutures cannot be pulled apart but these bones of the cranium can jam up, overlap or compress together.

The birthing process is the major cause of skull misalignments. Instrumentation used in the birth process such as forceps, suction, and vacuum extraction can misalign the soft cranial bones. As well as a C-section and overzealous pulling on the neck and head during delivery.    

Other causes of cranial misalignments are head injuries from falling while learning to walk, hitting the edge of a coffee table or hard chair, and tumbling down the stairs. Blows to the head with instruments such as: a swing, baseball bat, ball, shovel, hockey stick, a punch, a kick or any other impact to the head can do damage as well.

Sports injuries work related accidents and habitual poor sleeping positions can also cause misalignments of the cranium. Many people reported the onset of such conditions as: learning disabilities, Autism, ADD, ADHD, and headaches, directly corelated to a head injury. Reach me if you would like to have a deeper discussion on how Craniosacral therapy can possibly help your child with a learning disability or challenge.  

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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