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So what is a reflex?

July 1, 2017

A reflex is an involuntary or automatic action that your body does in response to something.

 

And what about a primitive reflex?  

These are developed in utero, or the womb, and their role is firstly to help with survival in the first few months and secondly to assist the baby to move.  Reflex movement is patterned, consistent and involuntary that helps the baby become aware of his body and his surroundings.  As the primitive reflexes are integrated (or retreat) conscious body movements will establish.

 

There are a number of primitive reflexes, these lead to postural reflexes.  If any of these do not integrate or retreat, this is where problems in our development occur and this is when to get in touch with me.

 

Watch this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow, how much the brain and the body has to go through to roll over eh? These are unconscious movements.

 

Lets think about unconscious movements.......

 

As we grow older, we learn.  How much strength is actually required to open a door?  How do we know that our body will fit through the door frame?  

 

Let's now compare these to movements a baby makes on the floor, as in the video clip.  Reflexes, as we have already established, are involuntary movements.  These reflexes, done repeatedly, train the brain.  For example, the head turns to one side, automatically so does the arm, then the hand will grab on to an object which goes straight to the mouth, formulating an eating pattern.  Let's go back a step.  Before the baby learns to touch then grab an object, bringing it to his mouth, there is another very important development. Sight.  As the head turns the baby is focusing on far vision as he catches sight of his hand.  Bringing his head back to central position, his hand in front of his face, he changes his vision to near sighted.

 

All these movements have an effect on our brain and on our development, socially and with our learning.

 

Thought provoking?  Fascinating?  Well I think so and this is what I work on to help children and adults who are not able to live to the full.

 

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