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Primitive Reflexes-Fear Paralysis Reflex

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Fear Paralysis is a withdrawal reflex that appears within the first eight weeks in utero. If this reflex does not integrate, it remains active for life causing challenges when the person is faced with fearful (real or imagined) situations. When it is stimulated the body functions shut down, particularly breathing and circulation. Everyday events repeatedly activate this reflex. There is often underlying anxiety, which can prevent a person from moving forward and accomplishing tasks.

What can cause Fear Paralysis Reflex to remain active?

If the mother experiences any of the following during pregnancy it can lead to FPR remaining active:



Chronic stress

Environmental toxins

Drug use(legal/illegal)

A nonintegrated Fear Paralysis Reflex may present in childhood or later in life as:

Breathing difficulties

Underlying anxiety



Speech difficulties

Feeling stuck


Sensitivity to touch

Sensitivity to sound

Eating disorders

Fear in groups of people


Elective mutism

What can be done to integrate/close/inhibit the Fear Paralysis Reflex?

Even though FPR remains active throughout the life of a person with a nonintegrated reflex working with someone trained and working in safe, trusting environment a protocol of activation, re-patterning through physical cross mid-line, purposeful movement will diminish the intensity of the reflex and teach the person with active FPR to notice the onset of activation signs. This may take one or more sessions dependent upon the degree of non-inhibited activation of the reflex. The beauty of reflex integration is the WORK is done through PLAY!

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