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Primitive Reflexes - Spinal Galant Reflex

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 4:35 PM

This reflex is present in utero, and most likely helps in the birthing process. When the back is touched on either side of the spine a hip rotation occurs. It is thought to help babies balance and coordinate the body for belly crawling and creeping. If active, this reflex may hinder posture and walking. A child with an active Spinal Galant will find belts, and elastic waistbands irritating, thus this irritation can make focus and attention difficult. The child will fidget and continually alter body position attempting to get 'comfortable'. A significant problem caused by an active Spinal Galant is bedwetting. 

A nonintegrated Spinal Galant Reflex may present in childhood or later in life as:

Poor concentration

Hip rotation to one side

Poor posture

Motion sickness

Poor short-term memory





Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What can be done to integrate/close/inhibit the SPR?

With someone trained and working in safe, trusting environment a protocol of activation, re-patterning through physical cross mid-line purposeful movement will inhibit or begin progress on closing the reflex. 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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