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Latent Newborn Strain

Thirteen years into the newborn work, I love to talk about the goal of strain-free babies leaving the hospital. But the mystery continues as to why all neonates do not completely clear out their birth strain. Why does reflux show up months later for a handful of babies?

A New Jersey mom wanted her third baby to compete therapy as close to birth as possible. Three-month-old Baby W was good to go after eight successful visits for a number of issues.

Now at 15 months, he has some reflux and is developing pectus excavatum, a caved-in or sunken appearance of his chest. Fascial strain from his mid-back is now pulling on the inside of his sternum, apparently causing the reflux and pectus excavatum. Why is it showing up now after one year?

Maybe I missed that strain early on. But when Krissy, Mike and I worked on hundreds of babies in the Lancaster research, we had a similar experience. Did a later developmental malformation in the sternum create fascial strain in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) area?

When a newborn is treated, we are listening to their strain patterns to help release them. We do not manipulate, adjust or fix them. Why do a few newborns hold on to their unexpressed traumas? We continue to search for that answer.

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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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