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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Gillespie Approach

The Gillespie Approach may be helpful as a part of a therapeutic plan for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

A woman in her 20s presented for evaluation. I had seen her about twenty years ago as a young child. She told me that she recently had a traumatic event in a large city.

As she was returning to her apartment where she lived alone, a man followed her into the lobby and down her hallway. She ran to open her apartment door, locked it, and called 911. The police apprehended the man, but no arrest was made.

Her mom picked her up and brought her back home to the Philadelphia suburbs. She was in a very distraught mental state. Her mother called me and asked if I could help. I was not sure, but I said, “Let me examine her.” 

She presented that afternoon with a zero-second brain cycle. There was no actual physical trauma, but the strong emotions around the event apparently tightened her fascial web and body. 

She appeared to be in a sympathetic nervous system mode, where a tiger is chasing you in the jungle and you are running for your life. I felt the fascia in her neck melting in therapy, and her body responded well.

Her seventy-second brain cycle helped to put her in a parasympathetic nervous system mode. On the next visit, she told me that she felt much calmer and more relaxed after leaving the office. She said that she felt more open when her internal blockages released. She will be working with a psychologist soon.

Trauma can present in many forms. For soldiers returning from war to anyone experiencing a traumatic event, our work can be an important piece of the healing puzzle.

The Gillespie Approach is a massage modality that helps the body release its tight connective or fascial tissue from its physical and emotional traumas. We have a special interest working with newborns, whose untreated fascial strains from birth trauma can result in a lifetime of suffering.

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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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