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A Typical Morning at My Office

Her pediatrician notes Baby One is doing great with her legs, but mom noticed she still has some bowing in her right calf/ankle area. Our Lancaster research showed that clubfoot babies had fascial strain resulting in bowed legs and distorted feet. In addition to attaching to all muscle cells, the fascial web, or extracellular matrix, connects to every bone cell and can help determine the shape and position of a bone.

The infant window of opportunity is critical because the “bones” are cartilage, softer and more pliable than ossified bone. That is a reason why infants cannot stand and bear weight until one year of age.

When the fascia released fully in the Lancaster babies, we found that the legs/feet returned to their normal shape and position. We felt that the root cause was due to extended compressive in-utero strain.


At his third visit Baby Two is still having deep pelvic fascial strain from his circumcision. He has had two difficult sessions, but was less reactive today.

I do not know why some boys clear the effects of this surgery quickly and others do not. Mom is fully on board to complete therapy to be strain-free. I love the moms in my practice.


Baby Three at his third visit is doing well but still reacting emotionally from birth trauma. A breathing problem at birth necessitated wearing a tight face mask for three days in the NICU. That trauma created a zero-second brain cycle and considerable emotional baggage.

When his mom cups her hand to his face to revisit that trauma, his craniosacral fascial system reacts with great fear. This was his best visit thus far, and I expect him to recover well physically and emotionally.


A teen with scoliosis, head/neck pain, and other chronic issues is peeling her onion in therapy. Today her body addressed back arching/twisting immediately to her right.

I always listen to the body to tell me what it wants to address at that moment. I never have a preset routine since everyone has her/his own unique story to tell me. I always trust that the patient knows best how to heal her/himself.

Some may say that the spine is relatively fixed and cannot naturally correct. I believe the distorted fascial web is the key component, and the bones, floating in this web, are passively caught up in its twist. When the web relaxes into its normal shape over a series of therapy visits, I believe that the spine/ribs can begin to correct with it.

When we did the Lancaster baby research, a few infants had similar twists. I wondered if those in-utero prolonged compression strains could sow the seeds of later scoliosis/kyphosis/lordosis? I am betting yes, but time and research will tell.

Just a typical morning in my world … .

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Dr. Barry Gillespie

Dr. Barry Gillespie founded Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy, which provides patients with a freely moving brain, spinal cord and fascial web, all critical to optimal health. Dr. Barry Gillespie also created the Baby Brain Score and discovered effective therapeutic techniques for newborns and infants. Read more about Dr. Barry Gillespie.

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