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Primitive Movement Patterns

Lessons from Bob the Anxious Caveman

A very long time ago, Bob, a caveman, lived with other cave-people in a rock-walled dwelling carved into the the side of a mountain.  Bob was strong and independent, and saw himself as a very capable provider. Bob sometimes worried ...

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Fetal Tuck Reflex

There is research to support the theory that primitive reflexes and movement patterns (like the ones seen in babies) re-emerge in late stage Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s not that the reflexes “come back”, because they never really went away.  It’s because ...

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Palmar Grasp Reflex

  If you’ve ever played with a young baby, perhaps you’ve noticed that uncanny ability they have to grasp onto your fingers.  They even have enough grip strength to hang on while they’re pulled from their backs up to a ...

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Frontal Release Signs

*** Frontal Release Signs are primitive reflexes that, when seen in adults with dementia, are indicative of disorders that affect the frontal lobes. Primitive reflexes are hardwired into our brains, and we used them during development as building blocks to master survival functions ...

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Death Grip

Did you ever notice that someone in the later stages of dementia has a difficult time letting go of things? Maybe he can’t put his fork down, or let go of the walker or grab bar? And telling him over ...

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