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Infant Sleeping Position

Did you ever wonder why your newborn seemed comfortable sleeping in an abnormally twisted position?

From years of infant research, I believe that the craniosacral fascial system remembers and naturally wants to return to that contented fetal position. Sustained compressive forces on the fetus for an extended period of time can create a twisted craniosacral fascial web. That worked fine in utero, but in post-uterine life, those soft tissue strains can create lifetime quality-of-life conditions.

A neonate resting in an uncomfortable position may be a strong indicator of internal strain. Your infant may not be comfortable on his/her back or tummy. When you pick your baby up and s(he) goes into a neck and/or back bend, that arching strain (extension) is based on fascial restriction. If your infant’s head is distorted (plagiocephally) and/or tilted to one side (torticollis), the neck fascia is twisting into the cranium.

If an arm or leg is medially or laterally rotated, that joint fascia is strained. Clubfoot and metatarsus adductus have a strong fascial component. Even though we cannot see or medically test for craniosacral fascial strain, the soft tissue remembers trauma. In my perfect world, that imprinted strain would be released on day one in the hospital.

When you are five minutes old, I am not waiting for a professional to later put a label on your condition. I am specifically assessing the tightness in your body with the Baby Brain Score (BBS), and I feel confident the Gillespie Approach can help free up your craniosacral fascial system to prevent later conditions. My focus is all about tight and loose.

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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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