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Infant Healing

Infants can present the layers of their traumatic onion in their own space and time. Our job as therapists is to just listen.

A mom presented recently with her newborn with only one issue, poor breastfeeding. When I examined the baby, I could only feel strain in both TMJs. Nothing else in her body was talking.

I learned long ago that other areas were probably straining, but were not ready to talk or present to me now. On this first visit I focused on working out the fascial strain in both TMJ areas.

At the second visit mom said nursing was great for a day or two and then everything came back. I knew that something else was pulling on her jaw; I found that it was her diaphragmatic fascia. Her pelvis and lower back were still quiet.

In the Gillespie Approach we are not only concerned with the local strain but also the patterns pulling into our affected areas. I spent that visit helping the baby release the trunk strain pulling into her jaw.

At the last visit mom said the breastfeeding was unchanged. But she was happy that her baby seemed more alert, coming out of zero-second brain cycle, and had established eye contact.

The baby was clear in her TMJs and diaphragmatic areas, but straining hard in her pelvis and lower back. That fascial pattern was pulling into her upper body structures, something that we consistently found in our six-year Lancaster infant research.

This principle holds true for everyone. Your chronic headache, neck pain, or shoulder pain may be originating in your pelvis and may be due to birth trauma. Everything in the fascial web is connected in space and time.

Our work deals with universal and timeless issues. Every human being spends time in a uterus and is born. 90% of us are born with soft tissue strain from birth trauma. Let’s work the strain out on day one to prevent a lifetime of suffering.

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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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