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Innovation and Discovery

Not all of my patients get better. A few puzzle me.

I had planned for this phenomenon during our six years of infant research in Lancaster. We told parents that all infants can have free therapy for as long as needed if they started treatment under six weeks of age—over six weeks, they had to pay for each visit.

The former aspect took away dad’s argument that if therapy was not working and wasting money after a few visits, the family would stop treatment. Every mom was happy to come as long as needed to help her baby. 

The critical point in making a discovery is not evaluating all of the typical fussy babies who became happy but focusing on why the unusual one did not become happy. We needed to work with that baby until completion. Instead of admitting failure and moving on, we needed to dig deeper, find the answer, and move the work forward.

A mother recently brought her child with seizures to my office for evaluation. I always explain to the parents that my results with these children can vary from one visit and the seizures are gone to many visits and no change. Since I do not know where your child will fall in that range beforehand, I just have to do therapy and see what transpires.

At the first visit, her brain cycle opened from zero to a great 60 seconds. Mom said on the second visit that she was seizure-free for the week. That visit resulted in more freeing of the fascial web and a longer brain cycle.

At the third visit, mom said that the seizures were back and that the brain cycle had returned to zero seconds. I was puzzled since this almost never happens. Two more visits had the same result.

I felt some unknown factor was creating a problem. Since his neck muscles were incredibly rigid, I recommended some deep tissue work to relieve the pressure on his head. Maybe he has a form of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) creating restriction. Maybe something else?

I will put that patient in my cranial vault and wait for the answer to come in the future.

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