Category - ~ Reflex Integration

MNRI

Linear Movement

SYMMETRICAL AND CROSS LATERAL LOCOMOTIVE REFLEX FUNCTION Locomotor Reflexes are the primitive mechanisms that combine to move us forward (or backward). In some manner, we share these systems with all animals. These are dominantly Proprioceptive...

Lateral Stability in Standing and Moving

Lateral Stability is what keeps us from falling to the sides. It is also associated with auditory processing and horizontal plane mapping. Complex cognitive processes that require making complex associations and relationships between object...

Visceral Reflexes and Behavior

Visceral reflexes are the most ancient cognitive mechanisms present in the human body. These reflexes regulate internal processes such as digestion and the function of the liver, processes which collectively are known as Homeostasis. Optimally...

Human Structural Alignment

What is the correct alignment for the structure of the human body in the gravity field? It is helpful to use the landmarks indicated in the graphic below to find this alignment, which is the most efficient for our structure. When our bodies are...

The Bio-Chemistry of Stretch

Aches and pains in our muscles, from a Manual Therapy perspective, are viewed as our bodies protective response to unbalanced tone. Essentially our bodies are saying that for the painful activity our muscle tone is not organized in a way that...

Stroke

Recovery from stroke using Manual Therapy can be effective, but requires consistent work over a period of many months. Here is a short video of examples of a few of the types of manipulations used. These manipulations can be thought of as a...

Toe Walking

Toe walking is tightly correlated with Fight or Flight, where Moro, Fear Paralysis, Foot Tendon Guard, Perez, and Trunk Extension* exercises will all help to mature self regulation. It is the reflex most closely associated with the Triple...

Locomotor Primitives

We human beings like to think that we control our bodies, that as we command our bodies to do something, it is our sense of ourselves that performs the action. When we think, “pick up that cup and drink from it”, that it is our...

Neck and Shoulder Issues

Four legged animals have it easy. As they walk along, their ribs hang off of their spine like clothes on a clothes line, the weight of their torso helping to stretch out the joints and ligaments of their spines. Even our ape like ancestors, who...

Getting In Control Of Control

Our guts play a pivotal role in many of our automatic behaviors. Visceral reflexes not only control our internal processes such as breathing and digestion, but are also involved in our deepest protective response: our startle or freeze response...