Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR)

The tonic labyrinthine reflex prepares babies for milestones such as rolling over, crawling on all fours, standing and walking. With the reflex, when the head is tilted backwards, there is a stiffening of certain muscle groups and a loss of balance. This reflex is present at birth and should integrate by 3.5 years of age. 

When retained, symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty keeping the head in a flexed position
  • Trouble paying attention when sitting at a desk or reading
  • Poor posture
  • Poor balance
  • Motion sickness
  • Toe walkers
  • Increased or decreased muscle tone
  • Disliking PE class/exercise
  • Poor sense or rhythm or timing
  • Visual difficulties with reading or writing
  • Difficulty with orientation and spatial awareness