Roa, Mom, and Dad attended The Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration camp ( MNRI) just minutes away from our home in Bloomington, MN.
What is this, you ask?
Per the website,
"Fundamental to the MNRI Method is the understanding that automatic primary
motor reflex patterns do not disappear, they integrate. While most people in the general health and
wellness community are quite familiar with primary motor
reflex patterns, they generally view the patterns as developmental
milestones. In the course of working with a patient, if primary motor reflex
patterns are found active beyond the expected or typical developmental time
period, the presence of the pattern is viewed as an indication that underlying
developmental or neurological issues may exist. Within the framework of the MNRI
Method, primary motor reflex patterns play a much larger role. First, it is
important to understand that reflexes do not function in complete isolation of
one another. Primary motor reflex patterns, in particular, play a subordinate
role in the maturation of more complex motor reflex schemes (i.e., rolling over,
sitting up, crawling, etc.) Once a primary reflex pattern fully matures during
the typical developmental period, it integrates to serve this subordinate role.
A dysfunctional pattern results either because it did not mature and integrate
in the first place or because it has re-surfaced at some point after
integration. In other words, a dysfunctional primary reflex pattern is not
simply an indictor of potential neurological dysfunction, but actually helps to
identify where underlying neurosensorimotor dysfunction exists in the body. The
MNRI Method isolates reflex dysfunction, engages restorative techniques
targeting underlying neurosensorimotor dysfunction, and works toward
facilitating the integration process, resulting in improvements and sometimes
even complete recovery of general function."
RoJo struggles with many primitive reflexive patterns. They are correctly firing reflexes (which is good) yet they are not integrating. Thus, Roa has difficulty rolling over, reaching toys in midline, sitting, eating, etc....
Since the camp, Roa has begun to flip over to his belly from his back! This rolling pattern is huge in our life! Especially arm-righting! He remains on his tummy to lay and watch TV or reach out to toys. He is just more solid in his trunk and maintains belly time play for longer with head control. He has also opened, grabbed and gotten food off the plate and into his mouth with minimal assistance! WOW! Great things happening with MNRI!
Since the camp, our life has changed as we are embark on an individualized program designed by Dr. Svetlana Masgutova, herself. For about 3 1/2- 5 hours per day (spread out from wake to sleep), we work on reflex exercises. Roa is accepting them so well!
We have taken a break from other therapies so that we can focus on this. We feel that strongly about the progress we are seeing and the peaceful, body-alerting response we are getting from King Roa, himself.
It is very encouraging and gives us such great hope that Roa can battle through the brain injury that affects his every move. Thank you Dr. Masgutova and your team for an eye-opening experience we needed so much!
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