Reflexes are defined as involuntary and arguably instantaneous movements in response to specific stimuli. Eg. take the patellae reflex, when the Dr taps your knee ligament your quad contracts automatically, and your knee shoots out - this is not under voluntary control.
Some of these reflexes are seen in particular age groups and disappear at identified times during one’s lifetime. These reflexes which are normally present in early life and disappear as one grows are the primitive reflexes.
Here at Little Sprouts we have a particular interest in the implication of their
impact on learning and development.
According to authorities in pediatric neurology, the reflexes are fashioned as part of the developmental process to develop specific brain circuits for important purposes. The development of what we have as the day-to-day movement activity is driven by the primitive reflexes (1). As a matter of principle, primitive reflexes are thought to have a developmental role since they are supposed to help the young one to perform activities such as movement against gravity as they are incorporated within the first few months of life. That is especially true for walking and crawling.
Moreover, children who have retained primitive reflexes tend to exhibit some elements of social and even educational dysfunction. Their psychological development is modestly incapacitated hence they may show altered psycho-motor development (1) which is essentially the thought origin of movement from the brain controlling the actual moment.
Another study found that Inhibition of primitive reflexes, especially those involving the hands and the mouth has a significant role in the normal development of motor and expressional movements (2).
Stay tuned next week for how some of these primitive reflexes can be related to disorders of other disorders (eg ADHD) and we will also post some videos in the coming weeks about how to test for primitive reflexes.
If you would like your or your children's primitive reflexes assessed call our practice now.
BONUS for reading this blog - Because we love getting out into our community if you would like one of our Drs to come and talk to a group of Teachers or Parents about how to test and identify primitive reflexes please contact our practice. Normally $550 per talk - FREE if you mention this blog. We love getting out into our community!! (note - based on availability)
It’s Spinal Health Week, and here at Little Sprouts Chiropractic we are passionate about the health of our practice members big and SMALL. Why kids, you may ask? Because early intervention allow for a greater chance of a positive outcome, just like the research tells us.
It has long been said that early intervention, or even prevention, will provide the best chance for an optimal outcome. Infact, changes in our lifestyles early in life can have profound effects on our health long term. Changes as simple as increasing our daily activity and dietary modification (1,2).
In previous posts we have talked about the rates of back pain, and recurrence of back pain within the adult population, but what about the kids? The statistics are fairly similar; up to 50% of kids will have an episode of back pain or other musculoskeletal problem per year. It has also been suggested that those who experience back pain as an adolescent have an increased chance of long term issues as an adult (1,2).
So if you are interested in finding out more, or having one of our awesome chiropractors check you and your family out, then give us a call, CLICK HERE.
Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies when we are standing, sitting
or lying down. Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit and lie in positions that
places the least strain in associated muscles and ligaments when we are moving
and doing different weight-bearing activities.
Poor posture can lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles which can
contribute to back pain, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration and postural pain
syndromes. Common contributing factors to poor posture include poor work
environment setup and unhealthy sitting or standing habits.
Australian adults on average spend an estimated five hours per day sitting, with
a quarter of the population sitting for more than eight hours per day (1).
Here are some easy ways to ensure proper sitting posture:
1. Keep your feet flat on the floor or on a foot rest.
2. Knees should be at or below the level of the hips.
3. Utilise back support devices to encourage the natural lumbar spinal curve.
4. Avoid sitting cross-legged as this puts excess strain into your sacroiliac joint.
5. Forearms should be parallel to the ground.
6. Eyes should be in line with the top third of your computer screen.
The Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) has designed the Straight Up app
to help remind you to sit right, stretch and even staying hydrated- all important
factors of our spinal posture and health. Download the FREE app to help your
Department of Health | Research and Statistics. (2019). Retrieved from
Have you been following along in the media? > There has been a lot of speculation after a video was released of a chiropractor adjusting a baby. Let us look at some facts from a study released this year.
“In Australia 30,000 children (0-18 years old) are seen every week” (1).
There is little evidence of harm associated with paediatric spinal manipulation therapy, and in Australia, chiropractors provide care to more than 30,000 children (0-18 years old) every week. A statement from Australian Chiropractic Association states that “we firmly believe that chiropractors should remain an important part of a child’s healthcare team”.
In the study just released a Comprehensive search of the literature was performed by three independent librarians at three different educational institutions. The databases were searched between 2001 through March 31, 2018.
No lasting or significant adverse events were reported for children receiving any form of Manual Therapy. Twenty-four studies included information on adverse events that were all transient and mild to moderate in nature (2).
We want to reassure you that at Little Sprouts we do care for babies and children and we are always carefully modifying our techniques when treating children to take into account the differences in patient size, structural development and flexibility of the joints.
Modifications for babies include using gentler, lighter biomechanical forces proportioned to the size and structural development of the child.
At Little Sprouts We look forward to meeting you and your family!
IT WILL GO AWAY - The Three Most Dangerous Words!
Symptoms you have been ignoring - Are they important?!
Because it is difficult to live life perfectly early SYMPTOM recognition, APPROPRIATE interpretation and relevant ACTION is the key to great health. – Jeremy Thomas (DC)
Read the three Important Points Below about Symptoms.
1. Symptoms accumulate and in turn cause other symptoms often that seem unrelated…. Interestingly in a study Neck pain of Grade 3-4 was strongly associated with low back pain, headaches, cardiovascular disorders and digestive disorders (4). As an example look at Low Back Pain research - As well as significantly affecting activity participation, LBP is frequently associated with co-morbidities such as depression, with rates 2.5 times those in people without LBP (1).
2. Symptoms experienced if mismatched with expectations can lead to huge consequence…. Looking at heart attack symptoms: The most common symptoms expected by patients with myocardial infarction were central chest pain (76%), radiating arm or shoulder pain (34%), and collapse (26%). The most common symptoms experienced were sweats or feeling feverish (78%), chest pain (64%), and arm, shoulder, or radiating pain (66%). A mismatch between symptoms experienced and those expected occurred in 58% of patients, and was associated with delay in reaching hospital (2). It is VERY important in this case to know appropriate symptoms and act accordingly!
3. Covering up a Problem Flat Out Does Not Work As A Long Term Solution!....While not as obviously urgent, other symptoms in the body are an indicator that something is going on. The analogy of the smoke alarm comes to mind when discussing symptoms.
If a smoke alarm were beeping, would you simply cut its power source or take the batteries out? A better solution is to find the source of the smoke and deal with it!
Another example is something we have discussed before in other blogs; the latest Guidelines recommend non-pharmacological (non drug) care as the first treatment option and reserves pharmacological care for patients for whom non-pharmacological care has not worked in Low back pain (3). Basically DO not use Surgery or Drugs as a first line effort for low back pain is the latest advice. Do not cover these things up whatever they are - do as much as you can to get to the cause!
If you have early health symptoms – get checked out AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!