Retained Neonatal (Primitive) Reflexes

Your central nervous system is the control centre for living. Its health and performance determines how we perceive the world around us and how we respond to circumstances, stressors and obstacles which arise.

During our development in the womb, and in the early months of our lives, the higher processing or thinking areas of our brain are not fully developed. At this time we are protected and assisted by primitive reflexes to illicit involuntary responses when we are not yet able to use rational thought. A reflex response may vary from rapid muscular movements (knee-jerk reaction) to those involving breathing, perceptual adjustments, hormonal changes and more complex body movements.

As your central nervous system matures as you grow, the need for many involuntary reflex responses is reduced. At this point, if the reflex is not lost, its reaction when stimulated can become undesirable.