Nostrils - girl touching nose - Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy

The Nostrils

This work keeps me humble. For 45 years, I had not paid any attention to the nostrils. Since they are the beginning of the respiratory system, maybe I should take more notice of them.

I recently saw an eight-day-old newborn who had trouble latching. It was a typical bilateral TMJ baby with more fascial strain on the left side of her face. When the lateral pterygoid muscles and fascia are tight, an infant can not open fully, often times preventing a deep latch.

But I noticed something unusual. When I looked at her nostrils from her feet as she was lying on her back, I noticed that the left nostril was a lot more closed than the right one.

When I investigated the left TMJ strain further, the fascia was pulling into her cheek. Could it have also been affecting her nares?

After revisiting the left facial tissue in therapy many times, I found that the left nostril was now opened equally to the right one. Fascial strain may have been limiting the air intake into the respiratory system. 

She did not present with a breathing problem, but at eight days, it may not have had time to manifest. These little aspects that go unnoticed at birth may become more magnified later in life. 

We need to remember that the fascial web connects every cell of the body, and that one area of the body can pull on another area. I plan to spend more time looking at the nostrils of my infants.

Moms ask me, “Is therapy too late for my child?” Therapy is never too late for anyone. But my vision would be for treatment to be a part of the hospital birth package. Parents would leave the hospital with a baby who can breathe wellnurse welldigest wellpoop well, and nap well—end of story.

Sign up for Gillespie Approach Training Opportunities

Gillespie Approach Foundation Training is designed for students to work with children and adults.

  • February 1–3 | Austin, TX
  • March 14–16 | Gilbert, AZ
  • April 11–13 | Melbourne, FL
  • June 6–8 | Colorado Springs, CO
  • July 18–20 | Bozeman, MT
  • October 17–19 | Nashua, NH
  • November 14–16 | Greenville, SC
  • December 5–7 | Philadelphia, PA

Gillespie Approach Infant Training is designed for students to work with infants.

  • February 4–6 | Austin, TX
  • March 17–19 | Gilbert, AZ
  • April 14–16 | Melbourne, FL
  • June 9–11 | Colorado Springs, CO
  • July 21–23 | Bozeman, MT
  • October 20–22 | Nashua, NH
  • November 17–19 | Greenville, SC
  • December 8–10 | Philadelphia, PA

New to Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy?

Read a collection of articles handpicked by Dr. Barry Gillespie to help you grasp core information and understand training and treatment options.

Make a Gillespie Approach Appointment to Get the Help You Need

Catch Every Story! Get a Free E-book and Infographic With Your Email Newsletter Subscription

Explore Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy Articles Based on Hundreds of Health Conditions and Anatomical Regions

Enjoy Many Powerful Testimonials for Babies, Children and Adults

From fussy babies experiencing breakthroughs and children excelling in school to adults emerging triumphant over mystery health conditions, get inspired by these heartwarming and soul-stirring testimonials.

Watch the Latest Gillespie Approach Videos and Check the Archive

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

Scroll to Top

Get the free email newsletter, infographic and e-book How Your Fussy Baby Can Become A Happy Baby