Spinal Galant Reflex and ADHD

What is Spinal Galant Reflex

Spinal Galant Reflex is a newborn reflex, named after neurologist Johann Susmann Galant. It is triggered by retaining the infant’s ventral suspension (face down) and by stroking along one side of the spine. This reflex is tested to help rule out brain risk at birth in newborns. In this article, we will discuss what Spinal Galant Reflex is and its effects.

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What is Spinal Galant Reflex?

Spinal Galant reflex is when the muscles in your back and buttocks automatically contract when you experience a sudden, sharp pain. This reflex was named after Polish neurologist Jan Evarts Galant who discovered it in 1907 while studying dogs.

Recent research shows that primitive reflexes and restlessness have a strong link between ADHD symptoms and the inability to maintain concentration.

Reflexes are unconscious muscle movement reactions and exchanges for certain impulses. For example, if you touch a hot stove, your body will automatically retract your hand.

Babies are born with a number of reflexes called primitive reflexes. And they occur in the most primitive part of the brain. They are both reflexes to protect them from dangers and prepare them for subsequent developmental changes such as sitting and crawling.

Babies also open their arms when they feel like falling. This is also another primitive reflex we call ”Moro.”

Higher-level conscious reflexes should replace primitive reflexes within the first year of life.

Retained (Delayed) Reflexes and Effects:

Sometimes primitive reflexes can continue to form with higher-level reflexes. Many factors play a role in the realization of this situation.

These may include traumatic birth, dislocated neck, chronic ear infections, and stomach deficiency. It also points out that children who skip crawling, those who walk without crawling, will be detained (delayed).

The reinforcement of primitive reflexes is one of the basic building blocks of later development.

When babies skip developmental stages such as creeping and crawling, some pathways in the mind fail to develop.

Recent research has shown a strong link between retained (delayed) primitive reflexes (especially the Moro reflex and SpinalGalant Reflex) and ADHD.

Spinal Galant Reflex

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Spinal Galant Reflex causes the infants to bend their hips outward when the lower back hits against the spine. Its purpose is to enable the movement of the hip as it prepares to walk and crawl. Some authorities even argue that this reflex triggers urination, which is explained by the fact that babies constantly urinate in the diaper that secures their hips.

Spinal Galant Reflex should end within 9 months, if the reflex has not disappeared, problems such as bedwetting, restlessness, inability to settle, loss of short-term memory and concentration can occur.

Past and current research has shown that children with ADHD are likely to repeat the retained Spinal Galant Reflex regardless of their gender.

Retraining the Mind

Researchers argue that ADHD’s distinctive features, such as restlessness and low attention, can be directly associated with the retained SpinalGalant Reflex, and its treatment is based on movement, retraining, and re-planning.

The brain is elastic, it can restart developing physical movements that should have had established in infancy. This makes it possible to replace primitive reflexes with higher levels of reflexes. Re-educating the mind The treatment of ADHD promises to be a cure and even a remedy.

After determining which brain functions are below the advanced level, the child’s treatment starts to develop neural connections and establish the correct brain function. 

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Last Updated on December 11, 2022 by Lucas Berg


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