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Childhood Anxiety

His pediatrician said his throat was tight due to anxiety. In my world, he was a perfectly normal second-grader who was anxious because of his zero-second brain cycle. That excessive brain pressure was due to a highly probable in-utero cord wrap around his throat. The medical world needs to connect the structural dots in the space-time continuum of the craniosacral fascial system.

In the Lancaster infant research, I saw newborns with cord issues who were not born with the cord wrapped around their throats. Moms said the cord was wrapped on the ultrasound testing. Even though the fetuses worked out of that position, their in-utero fascial neck strain remained. Even knowing that the fascial web remembers all traumas, I found that was an eye-opener.

He did well with my therapy last spring, but this past week, he told his mom, “I need my fascia stretched.” His body was now presenting a deeper layer of upper-throat birth strain, which was taking his brain cycle down to zero seconds. His body was not ready to release this strain last spring.

I have said many times that the in-utero sustained compressive strains are the most difficult for the body to clear. The collagen fibers of the fascial web appear to develop into a more unyielding strain pattern.

Let’s create two scenarios. For the first fetus, the fascial web develops normally without significant strain during the 40-week gestation period. This happy baby grows up, has a trauma, has some Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy and is good to go. This one strain worked nicely out of the normally developed fascial web.

For the second fetus, the web develops with a significant strain pattern(s). At birth, this strain pattern(s) is the “new normal,” creating compromised neurophysiology at minute one of life. My mentor, the late Dr. Viola Frymann, found that about 88% of newborns fall into this group. [Frymann, V. Relation of disturbances of craniosacral mechanisms to symptomatology of the newborn: Study of 1,250 infants. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 1966: 1059-1075.]

This untreated child later has the same trauma as the first child, further compromising function. After this new strain is worked out, the “new normal” of fetal strain still remains. That difficult core pattern needs to be worked through completely to possibly achieve a normal healthy web.

I am not even sure you can attain a 100% corrected fascial web. With compensation and adaptation over time, only partial correction may be the case. All the more reason for the Gillespie Approach at birth.

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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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