Club Foot and CFT 

June 4, 2012
Dr. Barry Gillespie

I just want to remind everyone that clubfoot may respond very well to CFT. Clubfoot is rare...1 in about 600/700 births...., but in our FB group one may pop up. Lester Hurst tells the story of a week-old Amish baby with clubfoot. The parents brought the child to Lester for other reasons, but he found that that foot/leg unwound like crazy for a number of sessions. After 7 visits the clubfoot was gone. Today, more than three years later, the parents cannot tell which foot was the clubfoot, even when the child runs. Krissy Myers also saw a child with clubfoot that corrected with CFT. One possibility is that in utero the foot is turned in, which severely strains the fascia. With CFT, it can return to normal. We are blessed.

Clubfoot Explained

June 14, 2014
by Dr. Barry Gillespie
I found in the medical literature a possible explanation of our CFT clubfoot correction. When a joint(s) is kept immobile for an extended period of time, the connective tissue may thicken around it and cause restriction of function. Remember that the fascial web connects every bone cell, so some curvature of the bone may also be present. Bone is not a concrete substance, but living tissue that replaces itself every few years. CFT appears to relieve the strain in the area to restore normal function.


Clubfoot at Birth

February 2, 2014
by Elizabeth Hanson

In June I had the pleasure of being able to attend my first birth where I had permission to do immediate BBS/CFT since taking my course nearly a year before. It was a lovely home birth to a second time mom which took only 5 hours. The baby had one cord wrap but had good color and breathing. The cycle was at a 4 the first time it was taken after birth with no coordination between occipital and sacrum. The initial exam by the midwife showed that the baby’s left foot was misshapen, a club foot. Mom was an experience breast feeder. Over the first few days of the baby’s life he had problems with latch, spitting up and general fussiness. I did 4 CFT sessions over the first two weeks of life. All of the breast feeding and fussiness issues resolved and baby happily continues to breast feed. It was at the second session where the CFT focused on tension in the left foot and leg that went up to the baby’s stomach and throat area. I will never forget feeling the tension melt under my hands and watching the foot move into correct anatomical position! Needless to say the parents have been so very happy and thankful for what CFT was able to do for their son. Because of CFT this child will not need months and months of casting, possible multiple surgeries and lots and lots of pain. Viva CFT right after birth!



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