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The Birth Process, Colic and Craniosacral Fascial Therapy

We cannot go back into the past to change our own births, but we certainly can improve the quality of health for future generations. Before the pregnancy a mother needs to have her craniosacral fascial system open to properly activate the important birth pituitary hormones (oxytocin and prolactin) and minimize any pelvic fascial pressure on the fetus in pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

After conception, the fetus spends about nine months maturing in the womb. There are many structural circumstances that could create a problem for a newborn. Due to a trauma to the mother, the fetus may be injured. For example, if the mother is involved in a car accident, the fetus may be traumatized by the steering wheel. A long, hard labor and/or delivery can strain the body’s craniosacral fascial system.

The birth should be as natural as possible. Forceps and the vacuum suction method can be very traumatic. The suction tube can be positioned directly over the falx cerebri and the superior sagital sinus at the top of the cranium. This artificial pressure may actually tear the dural meninges. Theoretically, forceps just apply strain to the dura, which can generally be corrected with CFT. But if the dura is torn in the vacuum process, permanent damage may result.

Because the whole birthing process can be a traumatic physical event, every newborn should be checked with the Baby Brain Score (BBS) and treated, if necessary, with CFT. Currently, nothing is done, and the child can grow in and out of a series of conditions from infant colic to teenage headaches to a lifetime of suffering.

The incidence of colic in the American infant population is approximately 20%. When a baby is diagnosed with colic, nothing can be done medically to manage or correct the problem. Family psychological issues can often arise. The parents do not know where to turn or what to do.

I believe that fetal and birth trauma can cause a severe disturbance of the craniosacral fascial system in the abdominal area. Because of this tightness, the infant is extremely uncomfortable and continually cries in pain. When the brain and sacrum open and this fascia relaxes with CFT over a series of visits, the infant can become more comfortable and happier. Sometimes the child will have an immediate positive response the moment the craniosacral fascial system releases. He/she may sleep for hours.

Since medical professional are not aware of the craniosacral fascial system, they have no model for the etiology and treatment of colic. If left untreated at this time, the child can potentially grow into many other conditions such as earaches as a toddler, sinus, allergy, and/or asthma at four, speech difficulty at five, hyperactivity at six, learning disorders in grade school, and migraines as a teenager having orthodontic care. A severe disturbance of the craniosacral fascial system can cause all these conditions.

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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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