Low Level Laser Therapy meets Reflex Integration
Laser Reflex Integration is the intersection between Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and Reflex Integration. It combines harmonic sound and light to transform the way reflexes are merged. Cold lasers are joined with the integration of fundamental reflex patterns, leading to improvements in behavior, cognition, emotional stability, and movement.
The Correlation Between Reflexes & Neurological Growth
Reflexes establish nerve nets or neurological patterns that help a child move, think, and feel safe in his or her environment. Many reflexes begin as a means of survival, for protection. Subsequently, the brain builds upon the initial reflexes creating new neural pathways. The crux of reflex advancement is that each new stage is important to the child’s physical and cognitive learning; when one reflex fails to correctly establish a pattern, other reflexes can also be impacted, delaying the child’s development. When reflexes—which typically develop and advance within the first 2 years of a child’s life—remain active, they interfere with various skills and growth. Infantile reflexes such as the Asymmetric Tonic Neck Reflex and the Moro Reflex, when retained, impact a child’s success in school, in relation to auditory and visual processing, reading, writing, math, and attention. Retained primitive reflexes can lead to a host of conditions: ADD/ADHD, autism, language and speech delays, coordination difficulties, and poor bladder control, just to name a few.
Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Research
The research of Dr. Svetlana Masgutova and her colleagues centered on improving neurodevelopmental delays in children with Down Syndrome, aged 6 months to 18 years, by targeting reflex patterns. An individualized home exercise program was developed, based on evaluation of the child’s basic reflex deficiencies, with the purpose of correcting reflex function. The Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI®) exercise program showed that “the changes in reflex patterns happen in children with mild, moderate and severe disabilities on significant level.” (Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience, 2015, Vol6, No. 4:59, Masgutova, Sadowska, Kowalewska, Masgutov, Akhmatova, Filipowski). The MNRI method is based on the concept that innate, genetically-based reflexes are not static, but rather dynamic, and enable adaptation to the external environment, while simultaneously forming the foundation for physical, emotional, and cognitive development. Per Masgutova’s research, “Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration has anecdotally been observed to correspond with improved behavior, emotional stability, and/or physical control.” Though the study focused on Down Syndrome, the research showed sensorimotor development in other genetic disorders, such as Prader-Willi syndrome, and neuro deficits such as those associated with cerebral palsy, brain injury, and autism. The use of lasers to stimulate reflexes was born from the work of Dr. Masgutova.
Safe Low Level Light (Cold) Laser Therapy & Cellular Healing
Through reflex integration, any skipped stages of reflex progression can be revisited, thereby re-educating the nervous system. Here’s how it works. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is considered by biologists to be the energy currency of life. According to Laurence A. Cole in his book, Biology of Life “ATP provides the energetics for all muscle movements, heart beats, nerve signals and chemical reactions inside the body.” (Academic Press, 2016). Cold lasers work by increasing the amount of ATP within the cell by stimulating the mitochondria. The light beam can penetrate over two inches into the body, causing photochemical effects that encourage natural healing. Cold lasers have been used for over 35 years globally, and for more than 10 years in the United States. They are increasingly used by various therapists to help those affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI), cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, autism, and other challenges. Numerous studies have shown cold lasers to be non-invasive, very safe, and free of side-effects.
Quantum Reflex Integration (QRI)™
Quantum Reflex Integration (QRI) uses harmonic soft or cold laser frequencies to target each reflex through acupressure points. QRI re-patterning techniques “begin a reorganization of nerve net pathways to improve the rapidity and efficiency of neurological connections due to the brain’s plasticity.” Correcting the reflexes has been linked to significant improvement in physical functioning and neurodevelopment. In-home training programs are designed to empower parents to provide their child with new possibilities, while therapists learn and implement innovative techniques without the need to travel. The low-level laser used with QRI protocols can rejuvenate skin, bone, cartilage, and nerve tissue. The laser helps to restore the myelin sheath of the nerve tissue, thereby increasing the speed and efficiency of impulse transmission. Decreased tissue inflammation and improved circulation are added benefits. Many practitioners are utilizing QRI: physicians, chiropractors, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, and laser specialists. In as little as two sessions, a person’s visual tracking, hand-eye coordination, hand strength/grasping, and other movements have shown improvement. QRI, using Low Level Laser Therapy, is painless and takes less than two hours to treat to all targeted reflexes.
An understanding of reflexes, and the connection they have with neurodevelopment, has led to further study of how to tap into the dynamism of cellular healing. By adding safe, effective low-level laser lights, applied at reflex acupoints, patients are finding improvement in symptoms associated with many conditions that have previously been difficult to treat with traditional medicine, such as traumatic brain injury. The treatments are relatively quick, very safe, and can be done at home.