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Primitive Reflex Integration

girl-arms-up-blue-skyRiver Chiropractic & Wellness Center offers hope for families who are touched by conditions like ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders (SPD), TBI and learning disabilities.

Using an in-depth analysis and history (including birth, developmental, medical and dietary) the practitioners and therapists at River Chiropractic & Wellness Center can tailor a treatment protocol that helps to alleviate symptoms, easing frustration and increasing joy.

In turn, we seek to help the individual integrate the retained reflexes and move towards a more productive life without the obstruction caused by retained reflexes. The individual will function at a higher level which decreases the amount of energy needed to compensate overcoming the retained reflexes, diminishing the fatigue and frustration of working so hard to succeed.

What Are Retained Reflexes?

Normally, the reflexes are integrated by the first year of life. Once the reflexes have been integrated, they lay the groundwork for higher learning both physically and cognitively. If these reflexes are not integrated, they can interfere with normal developmental stages of learning, physical development and behavior. Integrating a reflex increases the neural network connections, allowing more efficient transmission of communication within the nervous system.

What Causes Reflexes to be Retained?

  • Accidents (TBI)
  • Birth stress (C-section)
  • Diet (sugar, GMOs, gluten)
  • Disease
  • Environmental toxins
  • Inactivity
  • Mental stress
  • Physical accidents
  • Prenatal stress
  • Technology, EMFs
  • Vaccinations

Who Can Be Helped By Reflex Integration?

Reflex integration or re-patterning benefits practice members of all ages and areas of concern. Retained reflexes affect us physically and psychologically. Areas we see most include

  • Attention ADD/ADHD
  • Auditory processing
  • Autism spectrum
  • Bonding
  • Concentration and ability to focus
  • Emotion problems (anxiety, depression)
  • Learning disabilities (dyslexia)
  • Memory
  • Motivation
  • Motor development (low tone/high tone)
  • Self-esteem
  • Sensory processing disorder (SPD)
  • Social development
  • Speech
  • Visual tracking
  • What Are the Different Reflexes?

    The picture below is by no means in-depth, but provides a snapshot of the different reflexes and some areas of involvement if that reflex is retained:

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    Reflexes affect everything we do, from movement to cognition. Many challenges appear early childhood when the school years begin. Even though each child grows and develops at their own pace, challenges appear when a typical, age appropriate skill level is not matched with the task demand in children with retained reflexes. Older kids, teens and adults can also have symptoms of retained reflexes, but they have learned to compensate despite the frustrations. Compensation requires extra effort and energy resulting potentially in low self-esteem which can have a profound impact on a child’s life, resulting in poor life choices that could have lasting effects on their career, life partner choice and even drugs/alcohol abuse.

    How Are the Reflexes Integrated?

    Each case is different, however, after the evaluation is done, and any dietary/nutritional deficiencies or toxicities are identified, the work begins. In most cases, the spine is checked for subluxation using a gentle form of chiropractic where the body shows the doctor where the adjustment needs to be given. Dr. Laura uses a very gentle technique to remove the interference from the nervous system. Central to all reflex integration, regardless of age, River Chiropractic & Wellness Center uses Quantum Reflex Integration (QRI). In a QRI session, several specific areas along the meridian system are stimulated in a very specific sequence using a highly specialized cold laser. The person is comfortable and the session is deeply relaxing, taking about 1 hour. If appropriate and the patient is able to do “homework,” there are specific exercises, prescribed exactly in a particular sequence, for a specific amount of time to be done at home by the client. At-home exercises do not take long but require dedication and consistency on a daily basis.


    Should you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact our practice today.