Retained Neonatal Reflexes (RNR)

The human body is a network of nerves. These nerves connect the brain with the various parts of the body and control their functions. When we are born the connections are somewhat simpler. Many of our functions as an infant are automatic and triggered by a stimulus that may be seperate the the brain, that is they are not controlled directly by the brain. We call these types of connections reflexes.

These reflexes help us grow properly and safely. As one matures, these reflexes are no longer needed and the higher brain takes control.  It is an essential stage for normal development allowing one to perform more complex tasks. 


However, as a result of developmental restrictions or trauma at birth these reflexes may remain dominant. This means that the nervous system will react inappropriately in certain situations. This in turn may then affect development, learning and behaviour. These reflexes may be present through childhood and even many of us into our adulthood. 

Through thorough examination and then systematic integration we can assist the body to overide these reflexes and restore normal neurological development. Some of the retained reflexes and their common impacts are listed below.

Moro Reflex .          

• Reactive
• Sensitive
• Easily Distracted
• Hypersensitive


Fear Paralysis Reflex

• Withdrawn
• Shyness
• Tantrums
• Anxiety


surprised baby

Spinal Galant .            

• 'Ants in the pants'
• Trouble sitting still
• Hard to concentrate
• Bladder control

Asymmetrical Tonic Neck                                Reflex                          

• Easily Distracted
• Poor Co-ordination
• Messy Handwriting
• Hard to ride or swim