P-DTR, or Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex, is a system, like morse code or sign language, created to talk to the brain. The practitioner stimulates the
nerve receptors to bring info to the Central Nervous System. The CNS tells the body how to respond. Instantaneously.
The proprioceptive system is a bunch of receptors that relay info to the brain- so that the brain knows what’s happening to the body. is there an insect on the
skin? is something sharp touching the skin? what needs to happen next? like when we need to pull away from a hot pan. The heat causes irritation to the nerves, which then translate that
signal via electrical impulse to the spinal cord, travels to a part of the brain, back to the spinal cord, which then tells the muscles to move- all in milliseconds.
P-DTR treats and evaluates with real time biofeedback from the client.
The practitioner assess how the body’s reflexes have changed because of trauma, or formed compensations which can result in pain, weakness or range of
motion issues. The irritation of nerves will change the muscle tone or how it acts, either by turning it on all the time or making it much weaker. This is a natural defense mechanism. At
every moment, the brain is turning on protective reflexes, they operate, and then they go away. Most of the time. But not always. If the brain is a bit, or a lot, overloaded, the
compensations can get stuck. When practitioners find stuck reflexes, they can help the body to return to its factory settings.
Practitioners give signals to the body with a variety of light touches to see where the patterns of protection still exist. We use gentle muscle tests,
asking the client to hold an arm up or squeeze their fist or flex at the hip while we give gentle resistance.
but many people say it feels like…MAGIC. Change can happen very quickly. with a few touches a client can go from painfully moving her neck 40 degrees to
easily moving her neck 55 degrees.
How well can the body stabilize? This is the question we ask each time we test a muscle—can the muscle contract quickly to stabilize the joint? Is
there pain? Can the contraction easily hold? Can it contract multiple times in a row? The pressure we use to test the muscles is very light- we are not testing for brute strength
but rather for activation.
What can P-DTR help with?
-Jaw pain, neck pain, knee pain, low back pain, wrist pain etc.
-Swallowing, hearing, vision and light sensitivity, smell, and other systems related to cranial nerves.
-Primitive reflexes. (From birth through childhood we have multiple reflexes that helps us to grasp, walk, crawl, suck, orient to Mom, keep
our head upright when we fall, etc. They are supposed to evolve into more mature versions of these reflexes as we stand and run and grow. Sometimes they don’t, and the
results can be bedwetting, scoliosis, ADD, handwriting and coordination issues, anxiety, moodiness/tantrums, and walking or gait problems. Ideally we discover these issues
in our children before they contribute to long term issues, but often we find them in ourselves as adults - and they can still be addressed then.)
-Frequent injuries, exhaustion, problems with digestion, hormonal issues, itchiness, inflammation, allergies, taste bud problems, and long
held physical traumas.