Migraine Headache Treatment in New York City

Stress is a constant fact of life, and among other factors, is common trigger for migraine headaches in New York City. Migraine headache is not well understood and unfortunately incapable of being effectively treated by the mainstream Medical Community. Migraine headaches take on unique characteristics for each patient. From a Chiropractic and Craniosacral perspective, your headache is the result of deep tension patterns being held in the head and body. Migraine headaches are a direct result of a poorly functioning Craniosacral Mechanism within the human body. Dr. John Upledger developed Craniosacral Therapy to treat migraine headaches and many other conditions.

The most common migraine headache symptoms include:

  • Intense, severe or constant pain on one or both sides of the head — most people have migraine pain on only the side of the head, which is a charecteristic that makes migraines different from tension or cluster headaches
  • Nausea, loss of appetite or an upset stomach (sometimes even vomiting)
  • Increased sensitivity to sound and light, aura
  • Disturbed or blurred vision, seeing flashing lights, or seeing unusual shapes and lines (especially while an onset is just starting)
  • Dizziness and shakiness
  • Numbness or weakness in the facial or neck muscles
  • Increased thirst, 
  • Inability to concentrate, speak normally or hold a conversation

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a non-invasive treatment focusing on the link between the cranium (or head), and sacrum (the bone at the base of your spine) addressing abnormalities of fluid flow along with membranes connected to both the cranium and sacrum.  Because Craniosacral Therapy centers on all the structures involved with migraine headaches (the head, spine, muscles, fascia (connective tissue), and nerves – Craniosacral Therapy is well founded and positioned to effectively treat migraine headache pain.

In craniosacral therapy the patient remains fully clothed, and Dr. Kaminsky treats the patient while they are laying down in a relaxed position on their back. First patients are evaluated with the use of skilled and trained hands softly to touch and feel the patient’s skull and sacrum. This allows Dr. Kaminsky to evaluate “craniosacral rhythm” and detect what may be contributing to symptoms like pain or tension.

Delicately Dr. Kaminsky “monitors” the rhythm of cerebrospinal fluid to detect potential restrictions and imbalances in the craniosacral system (which includes the bones, membranes and cerebrospinal fluid-CSF that surround the brain and spinal cord).  Once identified Dr. Kaminsky applies a soft, gentle hands-on treatment to both normalize the CST fluid rhythm and correct restrictions in spinal tissues and fascia. It is believed manual palpation (examining by touch for the purpose of diagnosing for the source of pain) manipulation of this system effects sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional processes in the nervous system.   This is how many have also felt Craniosacral massage has a positive impact on mood regulation, pain tolerance, stress response and relaxation.

Dr. Kaminsky gently adjusts bones of the sacrum and cranium to help reach deeper layers of fluid and membrane, all to intervene in functions of the autonomic nervous system and to help to release patterns. Factors such as emotional stress, tension in the neck or jaw, frowning and clenching the teeth or forehead can also contribute to migraine headaches, as well as pain in the face, neck and shoulders.  Craniosacral massage can help to reduce pressure surrounding the head and also decrease migraine headaches.

Simply put, Craniosacral Therapy can eradicate your headache completely.  Dr. Upledger crated Craniosacral Therapy and it is very effective for the treatment of Migraine Headaches.

Craniosacral Therapy for Headache relief in NYC.

Headache specialist NYC - chiropractor for headaches

Dr. Kaminsky treat’s headache sufferers with chronic and long-standing headaches that have not respond to other treatments. As a chiropractor, offering Craniosacral Therapy, Pranic Healing and other methods of care, he pride’s himself on providing natural hands-on sessions for people with terrible headaches, facilitating a reduction in pain, spasm, tension and pressure.

Type of Headaches Treated

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Stress Headaches
  • Cervicogenic Headaches
  • Tension Headaches
  • Organic Headaches
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Vascular Headaches

As a New York chiropractor treating people with headaches, it is Dr. Kaminsky’s opinion that most headaches regardless of how they are labeled by the medical community stem from a single issue. Impaired, partial or a complete cessation of cranial mobility between one or more plates of bone of the face or head at the sutures. Another words known as a cranial subluxation.

Craniosacral Therapy and your Headache

Visiting a chiropractor with the skill-set as Dr. Kaminsky can help with headache relief and complete eradication. Many patients with long standing headaches find relief after only one to two sessions and it continues to get better from there. Dr. Kaminsky uses Craniosacral Therapy, Pranic Healing and other safe and gentle hands-on methods to facilitate complete headache relief.

Energy Medicine for Headache Relief

Energy medicine called Pranic Healing is very effective in treating Headache pain. Pranic Healing is an energy body work system that facilitates the movement of energy and fluids that may be stagnant in your head, causing your headache presentation. This method is combined with Craniosacral Therapy and offers lasting results.

Chiropractic, Craniosacral Therapy headache treatment benefits

  • Relief of neck and head tension or pain
  • Reduce future headache occurrences
  • Reduced tiredness
  • Diminish eye pressure
  • Diminish head pressure
  • Improve neck spasm
  • Decrease overall stress

For a better understanding on headaches and their connection to body posture, spinal alignment, muscle tension, lack of cranial mobility, neck spasm or eye pain . You are encouraged to read the section on Scoliosis. Or, call Dr. Kaminsky for a free Telephone Consultation to learn more.

See Results and Relieve your Headache Pain

If you have tried other chiropractors, other specialists and ineffective treatments you are not alone. Many of Dr. Kaminsky’s patients have gone from doctor to doctor, received Botox, Physical Therapy, Medications and are no better off.

Dr. Kaminsky is very aware of this is and understands that the reason you have not seen improvement is because the real cause is not being addressed. The real cause, in Dr. Kaminsky’s experience is impaired mobility of the cranium at the sutures. This compromise in the movement at the sutures is responsible for pumping CSF fluid throughout the enclosed head and spine system called the Craniosacral Mechanism, and once addressed by Dr. Kaminsky’s manual methods, headaches cease to exist.

You can learn how the body functions to get a better understanding on how it is affecting your head.

Headache treatment by Dr. Kaminsky addresses the cause / origin by reducing spinal subluxations, muscular neck spasms, eliminating physiological restrictions, relieving your particular stressors, and turning on the unhindered flow of CSF within your head and spine.

To receive long term and effective relief from your headache, schedule an appointment. Begin your path to living a headache free life!

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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