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Primitive Reflexes - Babinski Reflex

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM

The Babinski Reflex helps to prepare the feet for walking and influences the ability not only to move the feet but also the legs, hips, and spine. It is important for muscle tone of the lower back. Children with a nonintegrated Babinski Reflex are often flatfooted, slow and do not like walking or running. They may walk on the inside or outside of their feet. Children with a nonintegrated Babinski Reflex may have a tendency to walk on their toes and rotate hips inward. Often tension in feet and legs is noticed, as they grow older. Active foot reflexes can interfere with ability to walk, think, & speak in a flowing rhythm.

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

Flatfooted walking

Walking on toes

Walking on outside/inside of feet

Rotation of hips inward/outward

Easily sprained ankles

Loose ankles

Tension in feet/legs

Speech problems

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