mother gazing at her child who is looking up with her hand outstretchedPrimitive reflexes are natural impulses developed within the central nervous system in which a baby is born with.
They include:

  • Moro reflex: Newborn’s fight or flight response to stimuli
  • Rooting Reflex: Assists baby during breastfeeding
  • Palmer Reflex: Newborn’s ability to grasp an object
  • Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR): Precursor to hand eye co-ordination
  • Spinal Galant Reflex: Response to touch along the back of the child.
  • Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR): Head management to help with gross motor movements such as crawling.

These reflexes are important for the early stages of life as they help build cognitive and motor skills.  They also show the neurological development of the newborn.  These reflexes are retained only within the first year as the development of the brain and central nervous system occurs and more postural reflexes take over.  Primitive reflexes however can also be retained which shows a developmental delay.  This delay has been heavily linked to cause disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, sensory processing disorders, autism and even learning difficulties.

As a Chiropractor we assess children for retained reflexes as it provides us with information about the integrity of the brainstem and spinal cord.  Through gentle Chiropractic care and specific movement based exercises, improved spinal movements can occur which can help integrate these retained reflexes.

Would you like your child to be assessed for retained reflexes?  Give our clinic a call on 9596 9930 and book a consultation with one of our Chiropractors.