Primitive Reflexes are a set of survival reflexes that appear early on in a child’s development. They are involuntary reflex movements. At a certain phase of development, these reflexes should naturally integrate into normal behaviour as the higher cortical areas of the brain develop, allowing smooth controlled voluntary movements.
Primitive reflexes should not remain, however if they fail to integrate, they may hinder :
Learning, Handwriting, Gross and Fine Motor Control, Balance, Concentration and Reading.
If voluntary reflexes have not been fully integrated, they are described as retained. These Retained Primitive Reflexes are commonly found in children with behavioural disorders, learning difficulties and developmental delay. Chiropractors have developed techniques for treating children with retained primitive reflexes. The focus is on structural aberrations of the skull, pelvis and peripheral skeleton.
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