Sinus Congestion, Infection and Chiropractic Care in New York City

A sinus infection  or sinusitis is an inflammation of the air filled pockets in the bones of the face, of which we all have four pairs (sinuses in the face). Sinuses are a series of hollow cavities in the bone of the forehead, cheeks, and nose that produce mucus for the nasal passages and throat. The function of sinuses is three fold: 1) decrease the weight of the skull 2) warm the air we breathe 3) act as a mucus factory to filter the air. The mucus traps dirt and debris brought in by the air. Any dirty mucus is transferred out of the sinus via a drain hole called the ostia. Hence when sinuses are healthy and open they have a mucus lining that ensure warm, moist air, free from pollutants reaching the lungs.   However when infected, the sinus linings become swollen, inflamed and the body creates an excess of mucus.

Sinusitis is triggered when the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed and swells. This can be a result of inhaling irritants such as chemicals or particles causing allergies. The ostia which is a drain hole may become plugged with the excess mucus and swollen tissues. This creates a negative optimal environment for viruses or bacteria to flourish. As the sinuses become filled and the lining more irritated, pressure builds up often causing headaches and that common stuffed up feeling. This is how the lining of the sinuses become compromised and damaged and the person becomes more vulnerable to further infections.  

Chronic sinus infections can be painful and include headaches, coughing and sore throat, clogged ears, watery eyes, and runny nose. The most common remedy usually involves antibiotics and, in some cases, steroids, which the body can build up resistance to over time. 

A better, more natural way to not only clear up sinus infections but help the body build up immunity against future infections can be through Chiropractic care. Chiropractic indirectly treats sinus infections and many patients have positive results with chiropractic adjustments. A chiropractic adjustment works to free up any nerve interference in the central nervous system (spine) to promote proper function. The function of the central nervous system is imperative for how the body functions overall. The better our nerves can transfer messages from the brain to the body’s systems and vice versa, the more in sync and healthy the body will be. Spinal misalignments cause nerve interference that can lead to all sorts of chaos within the body. Spinal misalignments can be the root cause of sinus inflammation and pain. Removing spinal misalignments not only reduces inflammation, but it also increases immune system function.  Sinus issues are prevented and fighting off colds and infections is easy for the body when the immune system is in optimal health. Thus, adjusting the cervical vertebrae (neck area) stimulates the nerves that control the function of the sinuses which naturally decrease pressure and increase drainage. Often patients experiencing sinus infection have a misalignment of the neck and back vertebrae causing the associated muscles to become swollen or spastic, cutting off proper lymphatic fluid drainage. Chiropractic adjustments reinvigorate the central nervous system’s optimal functioning, thus allowing for excess fluid to drain from the sinuses.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics held a study with 14 patients with sinus infections. Patients received manual chiropractic therapy on the second, third, and fifth week of a seven-week session all significantly improved after each chiropractic session reporting less pain and improvement of symptoms. The Study concluded chiropractic treatment may be a viable alternative to standard care for chronic sinus infections.

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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