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Scientific Proof

Einstein said, “The question of scientific proof is much too difficult to answer.”

Let’s say a specific medical procedure worked perfectly for every person on the planet. Can we then say that it will work for you? No, because we are not sure how you will respond to the procedure, even though it has worked well for 7.5 billion people. It probably will work, but we cannot guarantee that with 100% certainty.

All health care practitioners have a “practice” where we “practice” on our patients. No matter what the specialty, we have found through education and experience the safest and most effective modalities for patients with certain conditions.

Different schools of scientific thought are currently in play. “Evidence-based medicine” keystones the philosophy of conventional medical care. Careful research protocols, following randomized, controlled, and double-blind parameters, are the zeitgeist of the day.

I would love to do this type of medical research, but how do you garner quantitative data for all of our qualitative fussiness issues? Not happening. Instead we rely on mothers’ experiences in telling us what is working and what is not working for their infants.

These two schools of thought go back thousands of years. The most popular medical philosophy during the Greek and Roman eras was the dogmatic school. As the “conventional medicine” of the times, those practitioners completely followed Hippocrates’ teaching. It was the zeitgeist of the day.

At the same time, the school of emperic medicine centered around experiences building a body of knowledge. They continued the original philosophy of medicine, which arose professionally when curious people saw what worked for others with a particular condition.

Our entire philosophy is built on the hypothesis that birth trauma has strained the newborn craniosacral fascial web causing fussiness issues. Enlightening research experiences justified that statement and allowed us to discover the safest and best techniques to formulate the current therapeutic model.

Someday scientific fascial research will verify our approach. But for the present moment we cope with parents who want pragmatic answers now for their fussy babies.

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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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