Primitive reflex integration

Specific stimulation of brain regions

What is a primitive reflex integration?

Primitive reflexes are automatic movement patterns that originate in the womb and are fully present at birth. These reflexes are necessary for neurological growth and development of specific functions. Although necessary for infant survival and growth, as the brain develops and matures (during the first year of postnatal life), these must transition from brainstem reflex responses to cortically controlled responses and “disappear.” This enables the development of purposeful and volitional motor movements.

Why is primitive reflex integration important?

Primitive reflex integration is crucial for proper neurological development and function. These reflexes, which are present from birth and typically fade as a child matures, play a role in laying the foundation for more complex motor and sensory skills. Integrated primitive reflexes allow for the development of higher-level motor control, coordination, and cognitive abilities. Failure to integrate these reflexes can lead to difficulties in motor coordination, learning, behavior, and emotional regulation. Therefore, promoting the integration of primitive reflexes is essential for optimal neurological development and overall well-being.

How does primitive reflex integration work?

It is important to note that although the presence of these reflexes is intended to disappear, the areas of the brainstem where these automatic responses are integrated do not disappear either. Instead, as an infant learns more complex tasks, these brainstem centers transfer most of their function to cortical centers. This helps for more controlled, adaptive and intentional movement patterns.

Close associations are then made between the lower brainstem centers and the higher cortical centers. Here, unconditioned reflexes are conditioned and subordinated under conscious control.

As close connections are made between the older, more primitive way of responding to the environment and a newer, more conscious and controlled way, when the cortex malfunctions due to illness, injury, shock, stress or trauma, trust within the brain on sub-cortical functions and the presence of reflexes are seen again and are not consciously controlled.

Your road to recovery

One week of intensive treatment

Step 1

The Functional Neurological Examination (FNE)

You share your symptoms with us, prompting us to ask relevant questions and conduct a thorough Neurological Examination. This process allows us to assess whether our treatment is well-suited to your needs.

Step 2

Advanced Machine Testing (quantification)

Based on Step 1, we determine what test are necessary to quantify the underlying cause of the symptoms. To do this, we use a range of computer-controlled equipment.

Step 3

Rehabilitation week (in 5 days)

We address the problems. Through an individual program specifically tailored to your problems, we bring back function during an intensive week of treatment.

Step 4


After the 5-day intensive treatment week, we will give you homework assignments. These are exercises that further promote your recovery. We are happy to keep an eye on these developments with you.

How does primitive reflex integration help?

The presence of a primitive reflex, whether you are a child or an adult, does not suggest that you have a neurological disorder. But when these reflex functions are pathological, dysfunctional, immature, or not integrated with higher cortical centers, rehabilitation is necessary to reroute, reconnect, and rebuild neural pathways to facilitate neurological maturation.

What to expect during treatment

What can you expect after treatment?

After treatment during our intensive treatment week, you can expect quick to very quick results. It is likely that you will still be tired for the first few days/weeks because your brain needs to process all the activity of the past week. However, your brain is resilient and adapts well due to its neuroplasticity. You may be a little more irritable during this period and sometimes experience mild headaches. However, this is temporary; there are no permanent side effects. With the passage of time, these symptoms will disappear and you will begin to notice more and more the effect of the therapy.

Would you like to know if you are a suitable candidate for our therapy?

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