McBride Logan WellBeing Center

Dr. Nancy McBride
Holistic Chiropractor

Attending Staff
& Support Team

4751 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 203C
Los Angeles, CA

Fax: 323-954-9850

Maura Cohen
Office Manager







Retained Primitive Reflexes

Dysfunction occurs when Retained Primitive Reflexes (RPRs) are not integrated with the rest of the development of the newborn's body reflexes as they mature.  Failure to fully intergrate RPRs can contribute to Autism, Learning Disorders and ADHD.

As children develop and progress through the early stages of life, crucial events and processes take place. Very early on, limbs and organs develop.  Later on, we learn to use those limbs and organs. We learn to crawl, and then to walk.

One factor that helps with this transition from the fetus through to early infancy are the primitive reflexes.  Primitive reflexes are reflexes controlled by the brainstem and associated lower centers of the nervous system. These primitive reflexes are developed in the uterus, and are essential to a baby’s survival in the early stages of life.   Some primitive reflexes even assist in the birthing process.

As a baby’s brain and nervous system mature, these reflexes are no longer needed, and if retained can become a hindrance to normal development.  While these reflexes remain with us for the remainder of our life, it is very important that they become integrated or controlled by the higher centers in the brain.  If these reflexes fail to integrate, or if they integrate inappropriately, they can disturb the function of the following:

   Gross and fine motor coordination
   Visual and auditory perception
   Cognition and expression
   Social and individual behaviours

These disturbances are commonly found with learning difficulty and developmental delay.

Dr. McBride uses corrective techniques developed by Dr. Keith Keen for treating individuals (children or adults) with retained primitive reflexes.  The focus is on structural aberrations of the skull, spine, pelvis and peripheral skeleton.  Correction to theses structures may help with learning difficulties, developmental delay and behavioural problems.


You or your child may have this condition if you suffer from any of the following?

Difficulty concentrating
Prone to car sickness
Poor pencil grip 
Confusion between left and right 
Poor coordination
Abnormal aches and pains
Easily distracted/ impulsiveness
Fear of new situations
Abdominal pain
Constant running nose/ itchy eyes
Poor handwriting
Difficulty with certain school subjects
Poor posture
Poor motivation / low self esteem
Quick temper
Dyslexia / learning difficulties
Inability to cope with change

Socially withdrawn
Inability to sit still
Speech problems
Frequent coughs and colds