The Spinal Perez Reflex

The Spinal Perez Reflex assists in developing the Landau and Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR), as well as, assisting the infant in getting up on his hands and knees around six to nine months of age. It assists in the development of muscle tone along the front and back of the body and is the foundation for whole body coordination. When the reflex is active, there likely are hypersensitivities of the auditory and tactile system, and disorders in sensory processing can be seen. In school, the Spinal Perez Reflex can be observed as hyperactivity, and there can be more difficulty with memory.

Some symptoms of an unintegrated Spinal Perez Reflex:

  • Lack of muscle tone in the back

  • Sensitivity and muscle tension in the back; may cause a rotated pelvis

  • Sometimes associated with bedwetting or incontinence

  • Hypersensitivities; food intolerances

  • Signs of restlessness or hyperactivity; impulsive behaviors; increased feelings of insecurity or fear

  • Weak short and long-term memory

The Spinal Perez reflex position (stroking upwards from the tailbone to the top of the spine).

The Spinal Perez reflex position (stroking upwards from the tailbone to the top of the spine).