Craniosacral Therapy and Pregnancy Care in New York City

CranioSacral Therapy throughout pregnancy can decrease the chance of birthing complications and improve your birthing process. Concentrating the craniosacral therapy sessions on the bony pelvis along with abdominal organs, including the support structures and lower segment of the uterus, helps release unwanted tensions and bring good energy into the area for the developing baby. As a result, babies are less likely to position in the maternal pelvis in a less than optimal birth position, or in a breech position. The care improves chances babies will be birthed without as much ease as possible.  Also, the labor has a better chance of starting on time and progressing to delivery smoothly.

It’s important to be mindful during pregnancy and delivery, though a woman’s body goes through multiple stages of change, your body is in constant communication with the growing baby inside you. Craniosacral Therapy is a viable means of preparing your body for labor and delivery both physically and mentally.

CranioSacral Therapy at the time of pregnancy leading up to delivery can help relieve low back pain, reduce stress, and create a more aligned, comfortable and positive experience for both the mother and child.  Research has also demonstrated:

  • CranioSacral Therapy has successfully been used in place of Pitocin to augment or start delivery.
  • Mothers receiving CranioSacral Therapy have been shown to progress through the first stage of labor without prolonged labor.
  • Infants whose mother’s received an epidural and CranioSacral Therapy showed less negative effects.
  • Mother’s receiving CranioSacral Therapy report faster healing and better adjustment compared to women who did not receive CranioSacral Therapy.
  • Women who received CranioSacral Therapy reported breastfeeding was accomplished more easily.
  • Use of CranioSacral Therapy produces consistent positive outcomes and results across studies.

CranioSacral Therapy facilitates better pregnancies and birth experiences and there is also research highlighting the benefits of CranioSacral Therapy postpartum.  CranioSacral Therapy after child birth centers on structural realignment of the spine, pelvis and recovery of the muscles and other structures stressed during delivery. CranioSacral Therapy in this phase accelerates healing, especially for women who have had cesarean births. Other benefits are: 

  • For newborns CranioSacral Therapy can be useful in helping infants latch on better and easier during breastfeeding.
  • CranioSacral Therapy has been shown to help relieve tension and compression caused by posture changes during pregnancy.
  • CranioSacral Therapy for the mother has been shown to:
    • Reduce fatigue
    • Improve energy
    • Decrease stress
    • Decrease pain and inflammation
    • Diminish chances of postpartum depression
    • Maintain healthy lactation levels
    • Increase confidence

Craniosacral Therapy can also be beneficial to newborns adapting to life outside the womb. This delicate therapy supports babies eating / latching and sleeping better and being more peaceful while awake.  Craniosacral Therapy can resolve misalignment of the spine or head, and it even opens many options for newborns with symptoms like colic, reflux and many others.

Through a gentle baby-care craniosacral therapy can be especially helpful for babies who were born by C-Section, vacuum extraction or forceps. Craniosacral Therapy releases restrictions in the baby’s head and membranes, and it supports a healthy brain growth and development for the child, supporting them to live within their potential to the fullest.

Craniosacral Therapy can also balance your system to help the readjustment from being pregnant and giving birth to being a mom and having your body back to yourself. It further alleviates some of the common postpartum problems. For a more expanded conversation on how helpful Craniosacral Therapy can be during and after pregnancy contact Dr. Kaminsky.

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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