Retained Neonatal Reflexes

Dr Daniel Niemiec is trained in the correction of Retained Neonatal Reflexes. Correcting these reflexes allows children to learn, grow and develop so that they can thrive and reach their full potential in life.



Neonatal reflexes are a set of pre-programmed responses and behaviours designed to help us survive in the early stages of life. These reflexes appear in utero and help us develop our muscular tone, balance, hand-eye coordination and basic movement patterns. Within the first 12-18 months of life, these neonatal reflexes normally integrate into our higher brain centres and we develop our postural reflexes that remain with us for the rest of our life. If these reflexes don’t integrate correctly, they may interfere with behaviour, learning, balance, normal body movement, vision, hormone function, fine motor movements and more.


There are a number of neonatal reflexes that may be retained, including the following:

– Fear Paralysis Reflex
– Moro Reflex
– Juvenile Suck Reflex
– Rooting Reflex
– Palmar Reflex
– Plantar Reflex
– Palmomental and Plantomental Reflexes
– Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex
– Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex
– Spinal Galant Reflex
– Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex


Neonatal reflexes begin to function in a particular order and their neonatal display is integrated in a specific sequence. If they are retained out of sequence, they may disturb the development and integration of subsequent reflexes. If they are retained beyond their normal age of integration, they can lead to the following signs and symptoms:

– Withdrawal, reticence at being involved in anything new, fear of different circumstances
– Hypersensitivity to a loud or sudden noise, light or movement
– Adrenal fatigue, leading to allergy, asthma or chronic illness
– Speech and articulation problems, difficulty swallowing and chewing
– Difficulty speaking and doing manual tasks at the same time
– Hormonal imbalances
– Poor fine motor skills and manual dexterity, inappropriate pencil grip, poor handwriting
– Difficulty learning to walk, running awkwardly
– Movement of the jaw and tongue mimics hand movements
– Poor hand-eye coordination, difficulty with sports (catching a ball)
– Poor balance, motion sickness, orientation and spatial difficulties, visual problems
– Bed wetting
– Poor posture, poor muscle tone, tendency to slump

For more information or to book an appointment, please contact Balmoral Chiropractic Centre ( Singapore ) on 6235 9083.