Retained Primitive Reflexes

Retained primitive reflexes affect children's normal development and their ability to learn and fit in with others.  They can cause children to become withdrawn and shy or display challenging behaviour as they struggle to cope. For these children, and the adults that they become, life can seem hugely difficult and challenging.

Here are just some of the problems caused by retained primitive reflexes:
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Difficulties with reading and writing
  • Problems with hand/eye coordination
  • Poor balance
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Hyperactivity
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulties fitting in
  • Overly fearful or anxious

Primitive reflexes are reflexes that we are born with to help us with survival in first few months of life.  They are checked by doctors at birth and during regular check ups as a sign of natural, healthy development.  By the age of two or three, primitive reflexes should be replaced by higher level reflexes, but occasionally that doesn't happen and the primitive ones remain. This may be due to a difficult or traumatic birth, such as C-Section, or a very quick or premature birth. 

The good news is that symptoms can be reduced or eliminated through a series of simple exercises. Kinesiology muscle response testing is an ideal medium to assess which, if any, primitive reflexes might be impeding development.  Following assessment, a series of exercises will be recommended that can help to integrate the relevant primitive reflex/es.

Read more about Retained Primitive Reflexes and other problems they can cause.


"I can't believe how much better I have been feeling.  I feel light and airy and not dark and heavy as I was previously feeling. When I do feel a bit anxious, which isn't very often, I do the tapping routine and it subsides".  Julia T, Winchester.