Nerve Pain and Chiropractic Treatment in New York City

Chiropractors are experts when it comes to aligning the spine and vertebral joints with the body and thus can help in treating restricted nerve function. In treating chronic Nerve Pain, I generally employ a combination of Chiropractic care and Craniosacral therapy to  relieve pain.

There are 3 types of nerves:

  1. Autonomic Nerves: These control involuntary body functions, such as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and digestion.
  2. Motor Nerves: Movements are controlled by these nerves sending signals from your brain and spinal cord to the muscles.
  3. Sensory Nerves: Information is relayed from your muscles and skin back to your spinal cord and brain via sensory nerves, such as touch.

The symptoms that often take place with nerve pain depend on the type of nerve pain your body is experiencing. Common symptoms of Nerve Pain include the following:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Burning sensations
  • Tingling
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches and migraines 
  • Stabbing pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperhidrosis (too much sweating)
  • Lightheadedness
  • Inability to detect chest pain
  • Fasciculation (twitching)
  • Paralysis (either complete or partial, in extreme cases)

If you feel you have nerve pain and can check off some of the above symptoms, it’s helpful to have insight on what may be causing the nerve pain.  Typical causes of nerve pain include:

  • Injury or trauma (physical): Car Accidents, Sports injuries, slip and falls, and more.
  • Diabetes: High levels of glucose in the blood can cause nerve pain symptoms such as tingling, numbness, weakness, burning feet, and more.
  • Vitamin or Nutritional Imbalances: The most common include excess vitamin B6 and a lack of vitamin B12.
  • HIV: Up to 1/3 of individuals with HIV often experience nerve pain.
  • Blood & Vascular Problems: Reduced oxygen supply in the blood can cause nerve pain. In addition to this smoking and the narrowing of arteries from high blood pressure can produce nerve pain. 

Chiropractic care is a type of healthcare that focuses on the spine and joints of the body and how they relate to the nervous system, and collectively can resolve various health issues experienced by the patient. 

Think of chiropractors as physicians who look at a pain symptom and then track it “upstream” or “downstream.”  Thus for example if you are suffering nerve pain in your knee pain, the chiropractor will look “upstream” to your quads and hips.  The reason is there is a very good chance that the origin of the symptom (knee pain) is in your quad muscles or hip, which is leading to pain in your knee. 

While not always the case the point here is to illustrate chiropractors are extremely skilled in understanding the inner workings of the body and how everything connects.   Chiropractors firmly believe the body is a self-healing organism, and chiropractic care naturally helps it on its way to smooth and efficient functioning. 

While there are always underlying issues with nerve pain (such as a herniated disc or lumbar spine subluxations in the case of sciatica), Chiropractors are able to help alleviate the pain.

Nerves that may have been restricted or pinched can be freed through a standard chiropractic adjustment.  This reduces nerve irritability which often leads to inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. 

There are many situations in life where our bodies get misaligned. From car accidents, to slip and fall injuries, to just poor posture at work.  If your spine’s misalignment is causing a nerve to be restricted, chiropractic care can assist you to a full recovery.

Craniosacral Therapy can also be an ideal treatment to resolve any nerve pain you may be experiencing.  The 12 cranial nerves that are a key part of our nervous system and contribute greatly to our wellbeing. They oversee the five senses of smell, sight, hearing, touch, and taste. The 12 cranial nerves help in maintaining homeostasis and regulation of our heart rate, digestion, breathing, and blood pressure. They assist in maintaining our equilibrium and balance. 

The 12 Cranial Nerves:

  • Abducens nerve: eye movement outward
  • Facial nerve: muscles of facial expression, taste, salivary secretions
  • Glossopharyngeal nerve: mouth & throat sensation, taste & salivary secretions
  • Hypoglossal nerve: tongue movement
  • Oculomotor nerve: most eye movements
  • Olfactory nerve: sense of smell
  • Optic nerve: sight
  • Spinal accessory nerve: neck movement
  • Trigeminal nerve: facial sensation and chewing muscles
  • Trochlear nerve: eye movement down and inward
  • Vagal nerve: swallowing, vocal cords, sensation & parasympathetic innervation of body organs
  • Vestibulo-cochlear nerve: hearing and balance

Any pain or health condition you may be experiencing associated with any of the 12 cranial nerves can be treated with craniosacral therapy. 

New research shows the 12 cranial nerves also play an important role in social engagement, trauma recovery, and human survival in mammalian social groups. Like any other nerve or physiological structure in the body, cranial nerves can become dysfunctional due to a number of different reasons: osseous or membranous restrictions within the cranium or cervical region; inflammation; injury, disease, or trauma; demyelination; poor intracranial pressure; or poor vascularization and blood flow.  CranioSacral Therapists are uniquely positioned to directly affect the recovery and function of cranial nerves through their structural and energetic practices.  

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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