The function of the TLR is for head control and teaching the infant about gravity and balance; finding a link between the vestibular system & proprioceptive system. The TLR is activated in both a flexion and extension pattern. Muscle tone, core stability, coordination, and balance are all responses to TLR integration.
Common symptoms of an unintegrated TLR include:
- “W” leg position when floor sitting
- poor posture
- poor balance
- poor head and neck control – head may lean forward or to side
- toe walking
- difficulty catching a ball
- balance and coordination problems
- fatigues easily
- poor articulation
- problems with orientation in space
- low muscle tone; over-flexible joints
Have your child stand with legs together and arms by their side, with their eyes closed. Tester will slowly & gently move their head upwards, as if they are looking at the ceiling and hold for 10 seconds. Then gently move the head downwards as if they are looking at their feet and hold for 10 seconds. If the child sways or loses their balance, or reports dizziness the TLR is retained.
*Be ready to catch your child if they do lose their balance. Have one arm in front and behind them while testing *
TLR can be unintegrated in either flexion or extension or both. Make sure to note which direction your child has appears to have symptoms of un-integration.
If any of these sound like your child, there is a possibility they may need their Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex integrated in order to improve their function.
Contact us today to get your child started on a program to integrate their reflexes and improve their function.