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Fascial Embryology

I was asking myself, “How does the fascial web originate?” Quite honestly, I had to refresh my mind because 50-plus years have passed since my embryology class.

After fertilization, cell division in the zygote creates a ball of cells. At two weeks in the blastula stage, a wall of cells forms a sphere. Invagination then occurs in the gastrula stage, where a section of the wall is pulled in towards the center of the sphere.

This phenomenon creates the ectodermal, mesodermal, and endodermal germ cell layers, which are the forerunners of all the body parts and systems. The fascial system originates from the mesodermal and ectodermal layers.

As the embryo develops, the fascia folds on itself, forming more tissue layers. Thus, every structural cell of the body is connected in this matrix from virtually the beginning of life.

That concept fits well into our therapeutic model of humans having a complete fascial matrix from head to toe and finger to finger. All of the bones, organs, blood vessels, nerves, lymphatic vessels, et al. float in this web of tissue. The fascial tensegrity component can reflect the quality of the body’s physiology.

Any abnormal compressive strain to the fascial web during this fetal developmental stage can impair function, affecting the future quality of life. Many of our research cesarean babies exhibited sustained fetal compression, resulting in fussiness issues after birth.

When I am working with a newborn, I totally focus on achieving the most complete freedom for her or his fascial web. From the premise that a healthy fascial matrix inherently holds all structures in place correctly, it follows that the body systems can then naturally function optimally.

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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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