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  • Writer's pictureVesna Pejic

What are the primitive reflexes and why do we need them?

Everyone is born with a set of primitive reflexes in order to go through the early years of life, particularly the first year. Primitive reflexes navigate a newborn to look for food (rooting and suck reflexes) or to change the position of the body in order to avoid a danger or to prevent suffocation (Moro & ATNR reflexes).

The list of reasons why the primitive reflexes are necessary and essential in the early development is long. You can find more information on the reflexes here.

Vision, ability to see and to perceive, is very much connected to the other elements of the sensory systems such as the vestibular, proprioceptive and auditory.

In day-to-day life, due to the modern lifestyle and prolonged use of of screens as well the lack of outdoor activities, we tend to over-stimulate our visual system. This in turn very often creates a mismatch between the visual and other sensory systems. We at Orthovision do not only look into a child’s/person’s ability to see objects at a distance (20/20 vision) but into all elements of dynamic vision and the connection between the visual and the other sensory systems.

That’s why we believe that remediation of the visual dysfunctions and a well-connected and balanced sensory system is the way to work on visual issues. This will have a significant impact on a person’s ability to function in everyday life.

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