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MNRI - Primary reflex integration

Reflex integration is the process by which reflexes are incorporated into the systems normal operations. In the case of people with challenges, it is the process by which the system is shown the correct use of the reflex.
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MNRI Method is a therapy for children and adults with behavioural and/or developmental delays.

M stands for Masgutova the inventor and founder of the therapy
N stands for Neurosensorimotor
R stands for Reflex
I stands for integration

Lara has undertaken training in Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration, Tactile Integration and Reflex Integration and PTSD Recovery which she is now able to incorporate in her practice at Hands on Health Family Chiropractic. Lara is currently the only practitioner in the UK using the MNRI protocol at this level.

Find out more about MRNI with this short video.
The first visit will start with an interview to find out how your child has been developing. This will include developmental history, medical history, lifestyle history. The interview is then followed by a neurodevelopmental assessment to help determine how your child is developing now. Lara will then discuss with you any findings and what this may mean for your child. A management plan is then agreed. If primary/primitive/retained reflexes are found during the assessment. MNRI techniques may be used to help them integrate.
The primary reflexes, sometimes referred to as primitive or neonatal reflexes, are the innate movements that a baby develops in utero to help it move. During the birthing process, these reflexes help the baby descend through the birth canal. After the initial reflexes become integrated because they have done the job they were designed for, other reflexes become active to help the baby develop. These changes in integration are sometimes referred to milestones.
When the reflexes are unable to integrate the task that they were designed to do doesn't get quite finished. This might mean that there is a delay in a milestone, or that they have difficulty focussing on a given task as they are giving their attention to a task that should be automatic. For example, a school-age child might not be able to sit still because the reflex that makes him wriggle is still active and not yet integrated in a mature, age-appropriate way.
From the assessment it will be determined which reflexes are unintegrated. While the specific MNRI techniques used to support the integration of each primary motor reflex is unique, the steps followed to during the integration process generally occur as outlined below.
1. Sensory Motor Pairing
The process begins by pairing the appropriate reflex pattern sensory response with the appropriate motor response, modelling for the body the correct stimulus response relationship. The pairing is first completed for the basic elements of the reflex pattern, and then for the variant elements of the reflex pattern.
2. Integrating Exercises
A set of integrating exercises are applied to train all active aspects of a reflex pattern:
• First working with the basic reflex pattern,
• Next working against the basic reflex pattern, and
• Finally working with and against variants of the reflex pattern.
Generally steps one and two are repeated up to three times for each individual reflex addressed in a treatment session.
4.Reassessment of Reflex State
A quick re-check of the reflex state is often done to assess progress made during the reflex session.
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Typically other programmes try to teach the reflex movement pattern with verbal instructions. This works well with a child who has good verbal and understanding skills. MNRI teaches the reflexes through stimulation of the sensory pathways of the body and then teaches the body the reflex through movements. The process begins by pairing the appropriate reflex pattern sensory response with the appropriate motor response and then trained through the integrating exercises.