In the womb, babies are protected by involuntary reflexes, controlled by the lower centers of the brain. These “Primitive Relfexes” are important for survival and development in the womb and in enfancy. As the brain’s high centers mature for conscious control, these Primitive Reflexes are integrated into the higher centers during the first 6-12 months of life. Pyhsical, chemical, hormonal and/or any trauma can cause the reflexes to be “retained” which can effect behaviour, learning, motor skills, structure and much more. It may also be that trauma causes previously integrated reflexes to reemerge.
The key primitive reflexes are; Fear Paralysis, Moro, Juvenile Suck & Rooting, Palmar & Plantar, Asymmetrical Tonic Neck, Tonic Labyrinthe, Spinal Galant.