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Practicing the Gillespie Approach

Some readers may ask, “What is your private practice like?” These current patients present typical clinical challenges. Every health care provider sees the world differently; I look specifically at the craniosacral fascial space-time continuum.

The Gillespie Approach is all about correcting the root cause and not managing a structural problem. I enjoyed my life as a surgeon, but this world of discovery is more rewarding. I often wonder what my practice would look like if everyone had completed therapy in their first day of life.

Patient 1: A former patient presents with unexplained headaches. I found that all six of her recently prescribed homeopathic remedies are taking her brain cycle to zero seconds. The Gillespie Approach can be effective for structural conditions but cannot mitigate poor metabolic choices.

Patient 2: A teenage boy presents with depression and anxiety that started with orthodontic work taking his brain cycle to zero seconds. He knew something was very wrong in his head but did not know what it was. That feeling created intense family stress, medical evaluation, and psychiatric care and medication. A new orthodontic plan is now in the works, and he feels like a different person with a long brain cycle.

Patient 3: A former patient has been getting headaches again. She got new plastic frame glasses across the front of her head, but the gold metal side bars unexpectedly took her brain cycle to zero seconds.

Patient 4: A patient is now dealing with neck pain due to an episiotomy scar from 40 plus years ago. Surgical trauma over the space-time continuum can spread from the pelvic fascia twisting up into the neck/head.

Patient 5: A young woman is dealing with unexplained migraines. I found that her craniosacral fascial system is still holding her severe infant arching (extension) pattern. Her lumbar fascia, pulling hard on her neck/head causing the migraines, also appears to be linked to her severe constipation.

Patient 6: Deep in her onion, a woman is now experiencing new neck and jaw pressure. I found it really interesting how my perspective has changed about “knowing” in my profession. Forty years ago, I would have told her she had TMJ dysfunction. Twenty years ago, I would have told her she was clenching her teeth at night from stress. I told her this week that she is working through another layer of her in utero onion. Twenty years from now, there may be a new aspect. I call that phenomenon professional growth.

Patient 7: A 12-year-old boy presents wearing glasses for two years. Mom wants to know if something can be done to correct his vision. He had a lot of craniosacral fascial strain from his neck pulling into both eyes. At the first visit his brain cycle went from 20 seconds to 90 seconds when this strain started to release. The second visit focused on neck strain into his right eye as his brain cycle ended around 200 seconds. I am hopeful that his vision will be normal when the strain clears. My 20/120 vision corrected with GA-CFT from my birth trauma when I was 65 years old, so anything is possible.

Patient 8: His 9-year-old sister presents with some headaches. When the fascia in her upper back and neck released, her brain cycle went from zero seconds to 100 seconds. On the second visit, her brain cycle went to 200 seconds. I expect that her headache issue will resolve.

Patient 9: An 18-month-old boy has been standing for weeks but does not walk. I found that his craniosacral fascial system was locked down in his lower body. The day after his first session his mom emailed me, “He is walking all over.”

Patient 10: A headache mom did well with her first two visits but tanked badly this past week. What happened? It looked like her headache meds became toxic and were creating the headache. When I first saw this phenomenon in the ’70s and ’80s, it threw me for a loop. It happens occasionally in practice, so keep an eye out for it. The first thing our pharmacology professor taught our class 50 years ago was that all drugs are toxic. There are times when medication is helpful but, please consider the toxicity factor in long-term use.

Patient 11: A teenage patient presented with cognitive issues from birth trauma. As I am listening to his story, I am returning to my teen years of poor reading comprehension with similar associated issues. This has come up a few times in my career, and I am now much better with it. I need to be totally involved with my best effort but not attached to his outcome. I need to create a spacious environment to allow him to move forward, if he is in an evolutionary position to do so. I empathize completely, but his healing is not my responsibility. My role is to listen to his body, revisit each trauma, and support him emotionally and physically. If I cross the line and try to “fix” or “heal” him, I am purely up against my ego. I just have to be the co-pilot.

On his second visit mom had forgotten to tell me at the evaluation visit that he had torticollis as an infant, probably from his frank breech fetal position. This explains why in Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy he had a twisted pelvis all the way up into his neck and head. In my world, he indeed “grew out of” his colic and reflux but “grew into” his neck, throat, eye, sinus, and cognitive issues. I hope the world eventually sees that aspect, too.

On his third visit I found that his current nighttime orthodontic retainer takes his brain cycle to zero seconds. He has to decide either have a new lower retainer made that will not restrict his brain motion or wear/not wear his current retainer. I do not tell people what to do, but I always ask, “What is more important to you, your teeth or your brain?” Everyone makes her/his own choice without my judgment.

Patient 12: A 90-year-old man presented with headaches for five years. I treated his wife thirty years ago, and his daughter looked me up on the Internet. As people age, there may be some uncontrollable factors causing that zero-second brain cycle.

1. General toxicity of 90 years of impure air, food, and water may be an issue. Plus, he was taking a list of toxic meds that could overwhelm the function of his craniosacral fascial system (similar to Patient 10).
2. Over 90 years, multiple layers of trauma are probably creating his headaches.
3. He may have early dementia which could adversely affect his brain motion. Research estimates that roughly 50% of all Americans over 85 years of age suffer with Alzheimer’s Disease. With our total focus on the birth, no Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy research exists in this area.

Wow, his brain cycle opened to 50 seconds on his first visit. I am optimistic for him over the next few visits since the body has incredible inherent power to heal itself.

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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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