Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex

TLR involves the vestibular system which regulates our balance and our sense of position in space.  There are two aspects of this reflex, the Sagittal (forwards/backwards) and Lateral (side to side).

Retained flexion TLR (bending forwards) without extension TLR (leaning backwards) may produce the “floppy” child, while retained extension without flexion TLR may result in a rigid, awkward person with stiff and jerky movements.

If the TLR is not integrated by twelve months of age it will constantly interact with, and may disturb, the balance system. This may interfere with other sensory systems including visual function. It is recommended that cranial faults related to this reflex be corrected before starting Sound Therapy.

The child who still has a retained TLR when starting to walk may experience difficulty in judging space, distance, depth, speed and walking security.

When the head hangs forward whilst sitting, which is the conventional learning position, it makes concentrating difficult and very uncomfortable for the child.

This child is more likely to slump when sitting at a desk or a table, sit on his legs or generally twist and turn resulting in what appears to be inattentiveness and possibly hyperactivity. They also tend to be quite slow at copying tasks.

If it remains present in an older child, it can affect the integration of movement of the upper and lower limbs simultaneously such as when walking and swimming.  These children are often diagnosed with dyspraxia (poor co-ordination) and ridiculed by other children for being clumsy.

Those with retained TLR often suffer motion sickness.  Integration of retained TLR often assists those susceptible to motion sickness.

There are three separate corrections related to TLR.  One helps concentration when working over a desk and helps to stop slumping over the desk. The other two help the body to co-ordinate movement, allowing it to move more efficiently.

Most patients beat their personal best time at their next marathon or fun run after this correction has been performed, or they can achieve their best speed, distance, strength or repetitions.