FAQ

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on touch therapy that facilitates your body to respond in a healing way to the specific hand placements of the therapist during the session. The hand placements are meant to facilitate a release of fluid stagnation within tissues and stimulate optimal flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the proper channels.

Are there any side effects from Craniosacral Therapy?

Usually there are only pleasant sensations during the session and most often complete relaxation. After the session there is Processing by the Central Nervous System, which can take a few days and up-to a week to complete. This is your body’s response to releasing trapped emotions, negative experiences and physical trauma your body has been holding on to. There are no negative side effects.

How often should someone have Craniosacral Therapy?

Generally, most people come once per week. Some adults and small Children can be seen two-to-three times per week. The most important consideration is how quickly someone processes the session and achieves a functional correction.

How costly is Craniosacral Therapy?

Every practitioner’s charge is different. Cost depends on the therapist’s experience and skill-set. Some practitioners are better than others in their ability to provide results. Therefore, you cannot gage the overall cost based solely on the per-visit cost. Most people need multiple visits, but that range would vary from practitioner to practitioner. It also depends on the professional license the practitioner holds. For example a chiropractor, or massage therapist, etc.  The cost of care at our office can be found here.

How long is a typical Craniosacral Therapy session?

A typical session is forty or sixty minutes for adults and thirty to forty-five minutes for children.

Can you do Craniosacral Therapy on yourself?

Yes, with the proper guidance you can learn self-care craniosacral therapy. There are self-help books available on this subject and some practitioners teach it in their office to patients. Dr. Kaminsky can show you some techniques that can add synergy to the in-office sessions.

What does Craniosacral Therapy feel like?

Most people report a soothing, relaxing and pain / symptom alleviating feeling during the session. People report various pleasant sensations throughout the body such as a warm feeling, pleasant tingling, muscle twitch, a letting go feeling, muscle relaxation, pressure release, things of that nature.

Who can administer Craniosacral Therapy?

Any person that is a healthcare professional such as Massage Therapist, Chiropractor, Nurse, Dentist, Medical Doctor, Osteopath, Acupuncturist and other licensed practitioners that attend continuing education craniosacral therapy seminars, as offered by the Upledger Institute. Experience in Craniosacral therapy is the biggest asset of any practitioner.

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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