This Reflex is a rotation of the hip that occurs when the back is touched on either side of the spine. The Spinal Galant Reflex works with the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) to aid in the passage down the birth canal. It influences cross-lateral movement, which helps with later development of learning to twist, crawl, stand, and walk. It helps babies balance and coordinate the body for belly-crawling and creeping. It also linked to bladder function, a high number of children who are bedwetting past age 5 have an active Spinal Galant Reflex.
What are the possible long-term effects of an active Spinal Galant Reflex?
When a reflex remains active in the body past the integration stage, it causes delays in a child’s development. Below is a list of signs and symptoms of a retained Spinal Galant Reflex:
Difficulty sitting still.
Bladder control and pelvic floor issues
Gross and fine motor challenges
Attention and concentration challenges.
How can Yoga Poses Help?
Several yoga poses help integrate the Spinal Galant Reflex. Movements in yoga can target the muscles and joints impacted by this reflex and help to strengthen them.
Which Yoga Poses Help Integrate the Spinal Galant Reflex?
Even though play and exercise are great for integrating reflexes it is best if a professional trained in reflex integration works directly with your child. At Mindful Child, our therapists combine play, yoga poses, and reflex protocols to help children integrate active reflexes. Want to learn more? Check out our occupational therapy in Prairie Village webpage.