Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Primitive Reflexes Remediation

Primitive reflexes are automatic, involuntary movements necessary to a baby's survival in the first few weeks of life. These involuntary reflexes develop in utero and are quickly inhibited as higher centers of the brain form.

Primitive reflexes persisting beyond 6-12 months of life are considered abnormal.

When these reflexes do not morph into postural reflexes by six months to one year of age, then this demonstrates an immaturity of the central nervous system (CNS). Generally, when the child reaches the first birthday, all the primitive reflexes should be integrated.
Retained reflexes can cause issues with proper childhood development physically and emotionally.
The normal neurological development shows a progressive inhibition of the primitive reflexes and continuous development of new skills such as gross motor skills, crawling, walking, balance, coordination, fine motor skills, and speech.

Children sometimes have some persistent primitive reflexes present.

Some factors that may cause retained primitive reflexes are as follows :
Breech presentation
Birth Trauma
Cesarean birth
Antibiotics in pregnancy or birth or postnatal
Baby not moving enough
Not enough tummy time ( 1 hour per day minimum)
Back sleeping
Devices like jolly jumpers and Bumbo chairs and Car seats
Too early screen time
Early walkers, Scootch crawlers
Dietary issues/ allergies/imbalances
Trauma or injury, excessive falls, Head injuries
Chronic Stress, Emotional trauma
Chronic ear infections
Environmental toxins

Why is it essential for primitive reflexes to be integrated?
Integration is necessary to free up areas in a child’s brain for higher learning. Simply put, if these areas of the brain do not develop, there is no room for further learning and development, like childhood motor development.

Symptoms of retained primitive reflexes:
    Anxious, Hypersensitive
    Difficulty with ball games
    Inability to sit still or remain silent
    Poor concentration
    Continued bed wetting above the age of 4 years
    Poor handwriting
    Tiptoe walker
    W sit
    History of not crawling
    Poor balance, rigid or floppy muscles (seen  in running)
    Visual perceptual difficulties
    Possible auditory problems
    Organizational problems
    Poor sense of time and rhythm
    Poor posture lies on a desk when writing
    Poor eye-hand coordination

Fortunately, retained reflexes can be integrated.  Chiropractic can help the brain can rewire, and primitive reflexes can still be integrated. Dr. Joelle Johnson at Family First Chiropractic and Wellness can examine and assess your child for these retained reflexes.

A treatment plan of specific movement-based exercise program to address a particular retained primitive reflex as well as address any motor skill deficiencies in a child will be developed for your child.
A chiropractor will gently adjust the nerves that are found in the joints and correct spinal dysfunction, both of which hinder a child’s information processing or may distort the information received by their environment.

Dr. Joelle Johnson is located a 142 Erickson Dr. Red Deer, www.family1stchiro.ca. To book an appointment for your child, please call 403-347-3261.

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