Misshapen Head Treatment Through Craniosacral Therapy in New York City

The inner wisdom of a child is every bit as intelligent as that of an adult. It knows what its body needs to correct its dysfunctions. It knows why those dysfunctions are present. It has a softer voice than the adult inner wisdom; therefore the CranioSacral therapist must learn to listen more carefully. Once the connection is made, all the information you need will be forthcoming,

– Dr. John E. Upledger, osteopathic physician and surgeon
credited with developing CranioSacral Therapy.

The soft, sensitive, and delicate nature of Craniosacral Therapy, as well as the idea of following the child’s inner wisdom makes Craniosacral Therapy a safe non-invasive and drug-free treatment for infants. Craniosacral Therapy has demonstrated itself to be very effective for newborns and babies with misshapen heads, torticollis and plagiocephaly (flat head).

For infants the journey through the birth canal involves complex maneuvers of stress and strains onto a child’s head, spine, musculature and soft tissue.   In addition to this there is commonly pulling from externally applied forces (forceps & vacuum extraction), as well as c-section, stressing and straining the craniosacral system and the paraspinal muscles and tissues.  Wherever strains occur they can interfere directly or indirectly with proper functioning of the craniosacral system. Strains and contracted tissues should be released and relaxed; fluid exchanges in tissues where extravasated blood has spilled should be encouraged; and all joints should be mobilized as soon as possible after delivery.   All this is achieved through Craniosacral Therapy.

If left unaddressed these issues can cause a wide variety of craniosacral system and spinal problems because compressive forces during birth can result in pressure on the nervous system, particularly the cranial nerves.  Newborn deliveries involving forceps and or vacuums frequently impose excessive “pulling” forces that place strain patterns onto the child’s body tissues. The vacuum or suction if applied to a child’s head produces a negative force inside the head that can result in the pooling of abnormal quantities of intracranial fluids into the top of the child’s skull vault.   Forceps, vacuum or just a pulling with the hands by a delivery healthcare provider, which are often applied asymmetrically, frequently result in a misshapen head (Plagiocephaly) that is beyond the child’s self-corrective abilities.

Also it’s important to be mindful that The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be put to sleep on their backs to prevent suffocation and diminish the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).  However a consequence of the repeated pressure to the same area of the infant’s soft pliable skull can be the formation of a flattened skull and misshapen head. Regardless of the source or cause of an infant’s misshapen head, this condition can be treated with Craniosacral Therapy.

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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