Sciatica Treatment with Craniosacral Therapy in New York City

Sciatica refers to a group of symptoms that includes weakness, tingling, pain or numbness traveling down the sciatic leg nerve from the lower back to the back of the thigh and sometimes into the foot. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and like all nerves, if it is pinched or compressed it can send out irregular impulses (pain). Most sciatica sufferers experience discomfort on only one side of the body, but in rare cases the sciatic nerves on both sides of the spine can be symptomatic.

The discomfort of sciatica can vary greatly from one patient to another. Some people report a severe, even debilitating pain while others may feel only mild or occasional spasm. Sciatica may be described as a dull ache, a burning sensation, a feeling like an electrical shock going down the leg, unexplained weakness on the affected side, tingling or numbness. The pain of sciatica may begin suddenly as the result of a past or current accident or can come on slowly and increase over time.

The diagnosis of sciatica can be somewhat confusing because sciatica itself is technically a symptom of another problem. The most common reason for sciatica is compression of the sciatic nerve caused by a herniated or slipped disk in the lower back. Other causes include a pelvic injury, spinal stenosis or piriformis syndrome.

Surgery is frequently recommended when a herniated / bulging or slipped disc causes sciatica or other types of pain. Craniosacral Therapy offers a non-invasive, drug-free alternative to many ineffective therapies and even back surgery. I have helped many people avoid surgery through a customized plan of non-invasive treatments. Your customized treatment plan may include:

  • Craniosacral Therapy 
  • Energy Cyst Release
  • Somato Emotional Release
  • Crystal Pranic Healing
  • Trigger Point Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy will facilitate unprocessed, unresolved energies the body is holding to release, thereby relaxing groups of tight, possibly spasmodic muscles that are effecting a spinal disc(s) that are causing pressure on the nerve roots, causing back and leg pain. Craniosacral Therapy will help realign the back into correct position improving the structure of your spine, taking pressure off the nerve roots.

An important part of sciatica recovery in aiding the above named procedures is at home self-care. Overworking, over-exercising or doing the wrong types of exercise or living with a poor posture can re-injure the area and cause a return of sciatica pain. I can suggest a variety of self-care protocols that improve posture, relieve pain and prevent injury from reoccurring.

New research shows that slipped, herniated and bulging discs do not cause Sciatica, and have nothing to do with back pain. Although and even if an MRI has confirmed a compromised disc, Craniosacral Therapy will help relax tight muscles which are responsible for making the disc appear abnormal. Once the groups of muscles that attach to the spine relax naturally through craniosacral Therapy, the discs will resorb back into their original unherniated, unslipped and unbulging shape.

It’s important to also note buttock muscle tension can be the source of compression on the sciatic nerve,  especially the piriformis muscle that originates on the side of the sacrum, crosses over the sciatic nerve as it angles across the pelvis, and attaches on the hip bone.  

Sciatica Treatment with Craniosacral Therapy in New York City

A tight piriformis muscle entrapping the sciatic nerve can trigger the onset and or worsening of Sciatica pain. People suffering from sciatica often have their pelvis in a distorted position; one hip higher than the other, one hip more forward than the other, etc.  A distorted posture like this places the piriformis muscle in to a shortened position causing it to tighten, causing pressure on the sciatic nerve. I specialize in a hands-on treatment called CranioSacral Therapy that corrects the asymmetrical posture. 

CranioSacral therapy provides a specialized approach to releasing and rebalancing the spine, as this is where our nerves exit outward to deliver our myriad nerve impulses powering our body.  This therapy gently and effectively decompresses the lumbar vertebrae, sacrum, and pelvic area enabling any affected associated spasming muscles and tissues to release and relax and allowing for the ache, pain, and tightness to subside, very often after the first session, and certainly within a short period of time.  Call to schedule a Consultation if you would like to have a more personal conversation about treating your sciatica.

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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