🌟 Primitive Reflexes – The Hidden Link Between ADHD/Dyslexia and Birth Trauma 🌟

Did you know that there may be a hidden factor contributing to your or your child’s ADHD and/or dyslexia? They are called unintegrated primitive reflexes, and they play a significant role in our development and survival from conception to our first year of life.

These reflexes should naturally turn off or β€˜integrate’  when they are no longer needed as we grow. However, in certain circumstances, such as due to trauma or extreme stress during birth, these reflexes can remain active or β€˜unintegrated long after they should be turned off. 

Unintegrated primitive reflexes can have a profound impact on individuals with ADHD and dyslexia. But what exactly are these reflexes and how do they affect us?

πŸš€ Fear Paralysis Reflex (FPR)

This reflex, active from 5-12 weeks after conception, helps embryos recoil from danger. When unintegrated, it can lead to hypersensitivity to sensory information, panic disorders, withdrawal, low self-esteem, and difficulty tolerating stress.

πŸš€ Spinal Galant Reflex

Active from 20 weeks after conception to one year after birth, this reflex aids a baby’s movement during birth and encourages crawling and walking. When unintegrated, it may cause gait (walking) problems, balance and coordination issues, sensitivity to clothing, bladder control problems, and difficulties with concentration and memory.

If you or your child experience any of these symptoms, it could be due to unintegrated primitive reflexes. The good news is that you can learn how to integrate these reflexes yourself and start to heal your or your child’s ADHD/Dyslexia

But how can you determine if these reflexes are active and how can you integrate them?

πŸ§ͺ Testing for Active Reflexes

We use what’s called a muscle test to check if one of the reflex tests is stressing the person being tested. This is done by applying gentle downward pressure on an outstretched arm. If the arm can resist the pressure, it indicates the person is not experiencing excessive stress at that moment. If we then do one of the functional tests below just after the test, and they are unable to resist the pressure, it indicates that the reflex is active.

For example, to test if an FPR is active, we gently but firmly poke the subject on several areas of the arms and abdomen, and then muscle test. If they are not able to resist, it indicates an active FPR. 

To test if a Spinal Galant Reflex is active, we gently stroke the subjects lower back on both sides of the spine. If they are not able to resist, it indicates an active Spinal Galant reflex.

⚑ Integrating (Turning off)  the Reflexes

Integration is achieved through a combination of Qigong (Chinese energy work) and physical exercises.  

Qigong (Chinese Energy Work)

The energy of the birth trauma that is causing the reflex to remain unintegrated (active) is stored in our meridian system. This is the meridian system used in Chinese medicine and healing. In this case, the meridians are the Conception Vessel and the Penetrating Vessel. To heal this energy we learn how to generate Qi with our breath, and touch the points of these meridians on our body while breathing and anchoring ourselves.

This energy of the trauma can then come out. When the energy of the trauma comes out it can manifest as shaking, animal sounds, crying, or burping. Over time, as we heal, the reflexes become weaker and weaker until they are integrated.


Each reflex also has a number of exercises to physically integrate them. For example for the FPR there is a wonderful exercise called the spinal lift, and for the Spinal Galant there is a pelvic rotation exercise. Both of these exercises enable the nervous system to kind of physically go through the process of integrating the reflex that should have happened at 8 weeks, 6 months or whatever. 

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