Schroth Method

Dr. Kaminsky is very proficient with the Schroth method and recommends that you seek someone who specializes in this modality.

To maximize your therapeutic potential with Schroth, Dr. Kaminsky will work with you in a supportive and synergistic systems called, “Craniosacral Therapy”, and “Pranic Healing”.  These modalities will add the energetic and spiritual component needed in scoliosis reversal.

Additional breathing techniques will also be demonstrated for outside instruction to be implemented into a weekly routine.

Adding further positive components into a Schroth protocol will greatly improve the potential of your curve reversal.

The Schroth method addresses specifically the musculoskeletal system having you actively use voluntary movement, positioning and breath. Craniosacral Therapy, Pranic Healing will help improve the function of the body’s innate self-regulating, self-healing mechanisms.

Important is the consideration of the role of the craniosacral mechanism in scoliosis, which has been found to always be compromised in children and adults with scoliosis, as discovered by the Osteopathic profession.

Treating the craniosacral mechanism with craniosacral therapy adds invaluable benefit to the whole complex process of curve restoration.

With scoliosis there is always involvement with the diaphragm, so incorporating breathing techniques is very important. Not just breathing into the side opposite the curve.

Breathing is dynamic and therefore, the breathing techniques must always challenge the patient. Specific breathing exercises are taught by Dr. Kaminsky in office and recommended for home care.

Pranic Healing is a body-work system that is applied to the body’s energetic system. The energetic system holds muscular patterns that must be released in-order for the spine to straighten. Energy body work is incorporated into all in-office sessions.

You get a comprehensive approach against scoliosis with Dr. Kaminsky.

Scoliosis is reversible given the proper sequential and detailed care.

Dr. Kaminsky’s ongoing continuing education in various scientific fields allows him to offer solutions outside the box, offering additional methods of treatment. To learn about his philosophy about Scoliosis, click here.

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Origins of the Schroth Method

The field of Schroth therapy offers a non-invasive yet forward moving approach to managing the progression of scoliosis. Katharina Schroth, a German native and scoliosis patient herself, began the work of scoliosis correction on herself as well as research on scoliosis treatment that continues through today.

Schroth Method for Managing Scoliosis

The basis of the Schroth Method consists of conservative exercises designed to elongate the trunk and develop the muscles of the rib cage. These muscles can deteriorate due to non-use by the individual suffering from scoliosis. Therefore, when they are strengthened the upper trunk is more supported and elongated which leads to a correction of spinal abnormalities.

These exercises are based on a three dimensional (3-D) approach to visualize the extent and uniqueness of the patient’s curvature. An x-ray of the spine, while informative, is only a 1-dimensional view of the extent of the spinal curve. The practitioner being able to visualize the spine’s curves from a 3-D approach allows them to understand the vertebral rotations that occur with scoliosis. The spine exists in three planes; sagittal plane (front to back), frontal plane (side to side), and transverse plane (rotations).

Schroth Method is a Good Option

The overall goal of scoliosis treatment with the Schroth Method is to stop the progression of the curvature and second to straighten the spine. Through these exercises the potential of a decreased curve(s), diminished rib prominence and more even aligned pelvis is achievable.

Today the Schroth Method is considered a viable and appropriate therapy modality for treating curvatures of the spine. The uniqueness of this approach is its focus on muscular imbalance. While this method may require effort, determination, and discipline from the patient it is less invasive and more promising for achieving long-lasting relief from pain and or spinal curvature / vertebral rotation.

Schroth is a Process

Addressing the curvature of the spine from all three planes is the best approach attempting to achieve a straightening and proper alignment of the spine. This will allow the individual a chance to obtain continued long-term benefits.

The patient undergoing scoliosis correction utilizing the Schroth Method should expect to perform customized exercises for the curvature(s) of their spine specifically. Using position, repetition, and breathing the patient will become aware of the desired new posture. Chiropractor, Dr. Alex Kaminsky will utilize additional methods from Craniosacral Therapy, Pranic Healing and Breathing to help add synergy and achieve maximum amount of therapeutic potential.

Schroth Breathing

There are two phases of the Schroth Method approach; positioning and activation. Phase one, positioning the body, is where the practitioner shows the patient how to position the body and align the posture beginning from the feet and working up to the head. Some equipment may be used such as a pull-up bar to lengthen the spine, or straps and props to help properly position the torso.

The second phase, activation, will activate the previously acquired corrections from phase one. In phase two the muscles will be worked and trained to produce endurance so they are better able to support the spine and ribs for long-term results.

Advanced Breathing Techniques

Dr. Kaminsky incorporates breathing techniques as taught by Dr. Gay Hendricks, which are very useful and powerful in helping reset the patients physiology and allow for release of functional restrictions the body is holding. The patient will be shown how to consciously breath in conjunction with craniosacral therapy in the office during sessions, as well as at home care.

Dr. Kaminsky Combines Complementary Methods

Scoliosis patients of all ages are encouraged to seek a consultation to determine if they are a good candidate to incorporate Craniosacral Therapy, Pranic Healing and Breathing Techniques to their Schroth sessions.

Schedule an appointment with your child and decide if Dr. Kaminsky can add benefit to your child’s routine.

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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