Tonsillitis Treatment in New York City

Why Tonsils are Important

Tonsils are a protective part of the lymphatic system, a large network of ducts and nodes which exists throughout the body acting as its ‘sewerage system’, defending it from parasites, viruses and bacteria. Tonsils themselves trap germs that enter the body through the nose and mouth and therefore an invaluable part of the body’s immune system.  Tonsils are on the first line of defense combating respiratory pathogens, viruses, and bacteria, which are constantly trying to invade the body through the nasal and oral passages. When the tonsils become infected, they isolate infection and stop it from spreading further into the body. Tonsils pass these substances in the form of lymph fluid to lymph nodes, where the bacteria are destroyed. Hence removing tonsils is removing an important part of a child’s ability to combat respiratory infections.

However there are times when tonsils become enlarged to the point where they can cause soreness, pain, digestion (swallowing) and sleep problems in children.  By applying specific chiropractic and craniosacral therapy techniques, I deliver a treatment for children that resolves tonsillitis and related throat pains without the use of medications and avoids your child undergoing surgery.  It’s prudent for parents to learn about the treatment I offer before considering having your child undergo a tonsillectomy (the surgical procedure to remove tonsils) because removing the tonsils leaves your child more susceptible to other types of respiratory issues and infections.

What Causes Tonsillitis?

Parents should stay mindful that inflamed, swollen or painful tonsils are actually a symptom of a problem and not the problem in and of themselves. In most cases of tonsillitis are caused by a viral infection, such as the viruses that cause the common cold or flu virus (influenza).  Some cases can also be caused by a bacterial infection, typically a strain of bacteria called group A streptococcus bacteria or what we commonly refer to as ‘strep throat’. 

But remember, when tonsils become infected, they isolate the infection and stop it spreading further into the body. As a child’s immune system develops and gets stronger, tonsils usually shrink and play a smaller role in immune function after puberty.  As children grow, more of the job of protecting the body from viral infections and fighting bacteria is transferred to the child’s immunity system. 

Hence in most all cases, tonsillitis, particularly recurring bouts of tonsillitis,  reflects a weakened immunity system that has allowed toxins and inflammatory substances (produced by the strep organisms) to suddenly start causing symptoms such as a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, red and swollen tonsils and white pus on the tonsils.

There is a lack of strong flow of lymphatic fluid throughout the body as a very likely result of a slow Craniosacral Rhythm.

Tonsillitis & a Child’s Weakened Immune system

With tonsillitis, the real underlying question is “why is a child’s body unable to mobilize its natural defenses through their immunity system”?  When a child’s immune system is working smoothly their immune system is essentially transparent and keeps them in good health. A strong craniosacral rhythm reflects a strong immune system.

Any disruption to the spine, and hence the craniosacral system, can adversely affect the healthy functioning of both your central nervous system and immune system via a lack of strong pumping and flushing out of the lymphatic system. Research has proven there is active hardwired communication between the nervous system (the brain & spinal cord) and the immune system. The nervous system (communicating through your spinal cord) can both activate or prevent actions within the immune system.  Thus, even when you experience a slight misalignment of the vertebrae (a spinal subluxation, common from sitting posture, repeated motions, and even poor diet, etc.) there is an interference with that path of communication that increases your chances of becoming infected by harmful outside substances. 

Simply put, the nervous system and the immune system engage in back-and-forth communication, or  “cross-talk”.  A successful immune response (proper signaling in the cross talk) is critical in maintaining the delicate balance between health and disease; an insufficient response results in infection, whereas an excessive response results in prolonged inflammation and tissue damage. I use gentle chiropractic and craniosacral therapy techniques to bring your immune system back into a healthy function and balance.

Parents should know even a minor spinal subluxation of one vertebrae which can produce irritation of small nerve fiber endings within the spine (intervertebral joint capsules). Irritation of free nerve endings can produce contraction of the muscles supplied by the nerve fibers at that spinal level or region. Contraction of these muscles can either inhibit or at least significantly restrict the flow of lymph through the lymph ducts which pass through those muscles (critical to optimal functioning of not only tonsils but the entire lymphatic system) driven by the Craniosacral system. 

How Does a Child Get Subluxations Causing Tonsillitis?

Parents often wonder how spinal subluxations can occur in their child when that child has never had a neck or back injury.  It’s actually quite common for parents to discover certain health and behavioral issues their children are coping with are rooted in spinal subluxations. Stay mindful a subluxation is any form of disruption within the spine negatively affecting spinal nerves. These “disruptions” interfere with vital communication that would otherwise (in the case of tonsillitis) activate a robust immune system response to threats.  

Children experience numerous falls and bumps exploring, playing sports, and even long hours sitting pressuring the spine can produce subluxations. Researchers have even singled out heavy school bags and backpacks for books as contributors to musculoskeletal pain and subluxations in children.  Less obvious causes are too many medications, emotional stress from school, diets high in sugars, corn syrup, preservatives and other processed foods are actually unfavorable to the nervous system.   It’s also not unusual for a child to incur a subluxation at birth due to the intensity and sheer physical forces that may have been involved with their birthing.   Click here for a comprehensive explanation on how the birthing process,  newborns and toddlers can acquire subluxations

Common signs of subluxations in children:

  • Excessive throat mucus
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Poor mood
  • Poor concentration
  • A tendency to be easily distracted
  • A lowered immune system
  • Heightened allergies
  • Complaints of headaches
  • Complaints of back pain
  • Restricted spinal movement
  • Poor posture
  • Sleep issues


How Chiropractic Care & Craniosacral Therapy Effectively Treat Tonsillitis in Children

In children, the job of the tonsil’s lymph ducts (tonsillar nodes and the deep cervical lymph ducts) is to defend the body from foreign invaders and drain the waste products away from the area.  However a child’s lymph ducts are naturally smaller than those found in adults and therefore are more vulnerable to the slightest dysfunction to the lymphatic system or irritation to the cervical spine – and kept from doing their job.

For example those deep cervical lymph ducts flow through the muscles of the neck, before dropping beneath the clavicle (collar bone) on their way to the cardiovascular system. It’s very possible for a minor subluxation of the neck to cause muscle contractions which would disrupt normal lymph flow and in the process reduce functional capacity of the child’s immune system. Reducing the pace and capacity of the normal lymphatic flow and draining process would create a ‘log jam’ in the upper respiratory system  of lymphatic waste substances building pressure and swelling of the lymph nodes – culminating with inflamed (swollen) tonsils. 

By applying a combination of chiropractic care and craniosacral therapy my treatment can: 

  • correct any subluxations of your child’s cervical spine 
  • drain and reinvigorate their lymphatic system 
  • Improve the craniosacral system
  • boost their immune system 
  • enable their body to quickly, permanently, and naturally heal itself from tonsillitis and numerous other ailments they may be experiencing or that potentially lie in wait

Detoxifying Lymphatic Drainage

Craniosacral therapy head on fights tonsillitis and the following research summarizes how craniosacral therapy can resolve your child’s tonsillitis.  

A network of lymphatic vessels is responsible for draining fluid from the central nervous system into the lymph nodes found near the jugular vein in the neck. Lymph nodes monitor and cleanse the lymph fluid, filtering undesirable cells, and producing white blood cells (which attack harmful substances in the fluid). Cerebrospinal fluid is also exchanged and moved through these lymph nodes to your network of veins. [source]  In this way cerebrospinal fluid is lymphatic (fighting infection & disease) and any deficit in proper circulation of cerebrospinal fluid could account for an array of deteriorating health conditions and issues [tonsillitis]. – Perrin RN. Lymphatic drainage of the neuraxis in chronic fatigue syndrome: A hypothetical model for the cranial rhythmic impulse. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2007;107(6):218–24. [PubMed] [Google Scholar]

After chiropractic adjustment lymph fluid levels naturally rise and help move waste and respond to infection with fresh red and white blood cells soothing the formerly affected area.   Chiropractic manipulations can trigger your lymphatic system to both collect, release, and then circulate lymph. This helps to increase the efficiency of the lymphatic system, as well as boost the overall effectiveness of your immune system resulting in the purification and detoxification of the body. Click here to learn more

Craniosacral therapy can granularly map inflammation in a child’s body and target tissues associated with the immune system with precision – all by palpating the immune system’s movement in response to the craniosacral rhythm.  Craniosacral therapy then rejuvenates your child’s immune system’s proper functioning including communication with the nervous system, click here to learn more.

Your immune system is thrown off from any type of dysfunction within your body and a subluxation in your spine (a spinal vertebra out of position compared to the other vertebrae) produces an adverse ripple effect on your immune system’s ability to fight off harmful substances.  Unfortunately, subluxations are rarely considered when it comes to a weakened immune system, and that’s because most healthcare care providers are unfamiliar with how to detect or treat subluxations.  Chiropractic adjustments have not only resolved subluxations but have also been shown to improve both blood and cerebral fluid flow to the brain. Click here to learn more

When tonsillitis persists over weeks or becomes recurrent over months, it will be considered chronic and many parents assume their only option at this juncture is surgery.  This is rarely ever the case and there are proven non-pharmacological treatments parents should consider prior to allowing tonsillitis to become chronic or thinking surgery is the only option.  Tonsillitis is a sign that your child’s immune system has weakened and the answers as to why lie in their central nervous system.  This is where I can be helpful, discerning why and correcting things so your child’s immune and lymphatic systems function at their optimal level.  

Stay mindful pediatric chiropractic care & craniosacral therapy for babies, toddlers, and all children is gentle, low force, safe, and applies the amount of pressure applied similarly to what you would use to check if a tomato is ripe. There is no twisting, no cracking and no popping it is a musculoskeletal (including bones, muscles, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments) treatment for children of all ages, including the tiniest of newborn babies.   If you’re concerned about your child having any of the symptoms of tonsillitis, you’re welcome to call me and with more details on the circumstances, I can perhaps be more helpful in sharing insight on your situation and options to consider.

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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