Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT)

We were drawn to study this technique because it works with the “Fight or Flight” stress overload process that is so important to release in helping patients to heal. The Network Chiropractic and other techniques we use in our office greatly release this “Fight or Flight” stress response and we were intrigued that this method also creates a healthful body through releasing this “overload” response.

John Iams, the developer of PRRT, works with the “Startle Reflexes”. There are scientifically accepted reflexes in the body that are automatically triggered when we are startled. For example; when you are walking around a blind corner and are surprised by someone coming around the blind corner from the other side, your body automatically goes into a startle response. Your arms pull up, your fists tighten, your jaw tightens, your leg may pull up and other muscle contractions occur. Iams contends that these startle reflexes occur from day to day physical and mental stress, accidents, sports injuries, and even prolonged postures, etc.

Eventually these startle reflexes can get so overloaded that they get stuck in a hypersensitive state of tension and contraction in particular muscles in the body. This can produce back pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, leg pain, etc depending on which muscles get into this hyper stressed state. PRRT can often produce immediate improvement in a muscle spasm and tension because it works with the special way the nervous system and muscles are wired. The wiring system is called “Reciprocal Inhibition” and it works like this: Every muscle in your body has a sister muscle that is wired with it. When you contract your bicep muscle for example, your triceps muscle has to relax- that’s how the body is wired.

With PRRT- when we want to release the bicep muscle from its spasm, what we do is place the triceps muscle in a position that causes it to contract (tighten). Then we tap on the contracted triceps muscle with our fingers to make the muscle contract (tighten) even more. Because of the sister muscle wiring relationship, when we cause the triceps to contract by tapping on it and positioning it, the sister bicep muscle that has been chronically spasmed has to start to release its contraction, tension and spasm.

We never tire of seeing the body of a patient respond positively to this technique. It’s not magic…. it’s based on the physiology, the wiring of the nervous and muscular systems. This technique is in our healing tool box and we use it if necessary after we do our spinal adjustments during a visit.

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