In order to identify if a patient has increased levels of neurological dysfunction, a full neurological assessment would be conducted upon commencing treatment. Within a neurological examination, many tests of neurological functioning are conducted, all through passive touch, movement, observation, play, pencil/paper activity and questionnaires. None of the tests used are invasive in any way.
In cases of increased neurological dysfunction, patient’s typically present:
- A continued presence of primitive neurological reflexes – reflexes which are typically inhibited within the first twelve months of life.
- An absence of postural neurological reflexes – reflexes which have typically developed by two years of age.
- Muscle imbalances (including, gross, fine, oral and eye muscles)
- Impaired balance, spatial awareness and proprioception
- Undeveloped laterality
- Aberrant motor developmental patterns
- Impaired visual perception, processing and working memory
- Sensory integration difficulties
A presence of some or all of the above impairments would be indicative of a presence of neurological dysfunction, and therefore suitability for treatment. In cases of high levels of neurological dysfunction, a tailored ‘exercise’ based programme of remedial treatment would be recommended, designed to inhibited primitive neurological reflexes and promote neurological integration. Although never guaranteeing the outcome, it is our view that through primitive reflex inhibition, neurological integration can be achieved, thus promoting a greater level of functioning and an improved quality of life.