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Elimination of Retained Neonatal Reflexes (RNR)

Retained Neonatal Reflexes (RNR)

From our time within the womb and during early months following birth, higher thinking areas of our brain are not fully developed. To cater for this stage in under-development, “Primitive” or “Neonatal” Reflexes are established to assist the child as their nervous system grows and matures.

As further development of the nervous system continues, the need for Neonatal Reflexes becomes obsolete.

If these reflexes are retained or fail to integrate, they can upset the functions of higher control centers of the brain and nervous system.


We can only hypothesize at this point that there is some stressor that interferes with this normal process of development. This may be either chemical, emotional, environmental or physical in nature.

Treatments involve mild muscle testing and gentle pressure on particular points, often combined with a specific phase of breathing. We may also have the person assume a certain posture during the correction. This aids in unwiring the neurological system from what it had learned previously. While we are making the corrections, we are also checking to see if they require any assistance to aid the integration process. Parents are given exercises to do with the child at home and they may be required to take some whole food nutritional supplementation and or herbal formula to complete the process. Mostly, this is for a relatively short period of time.

Our experience has demonstrated that the order of treatment is very important to the overall outcome. Generally, no more than 2 reflexes are cleared per week to allow the body to integrate the corrections that are made.

A complete description of these reflexes are outlined here.

What does this mean for you?

This can aid in the process of learning, including reading, writing, comprehending verbal commands, fine and gross motor skills, co-ordination, improved posture, relaxation, social confidence, greater focus and concentration.

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