Primal Reflex Release Technique

Do you continue to experience persistent pain complaints despite having received more traditional treatment approaches such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy? Does the use of prescribed pain medication help to take the edge off the pain, only to have the pain return like clockwork? Primal Reflex Release Technique may be the answer you've been looking for!

Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT) is a treatment approach developed by John Iams, Physical Therapist. This treatment technique is based on two primal reflexes in the human body: the startle reflex and the withdrawl reflex. If these reflexes are in a state of hyper excitability or hyper arousal, the result can be ongoing muscle splinting and pain. Unless the hyper excited reflex state is addressed, traditional treatment approaches may prove ineffective in maintaining pain relief. PRRT is a treatment approach designed to calm down these over excited reflexes.

A treatment session begins with a quick exam from top to bottom to see how a patient's reflexes react to pressure at specific sites throughout the body. People with hyper excited or up-regulated reflexes will be easily startled and will withdraw with direct contact to problematic areas. A series of low-force techniques are then utilized to down-regulate the overexcited reflexes. Patient's that will benefit from this treatment approach should note improvement with two to three visits, often experiencing a 50% reduction of pain after the initial session. Patient's typically require no more than three to five treatments for maximum benefit. Prime candidates for PRRT are individuals with non-resolving pain complaints including, but not limited to, headaches, neck pain, low back pain, arm pain, and leg pain.

More information concerning PRRT can be found online at or by contacting the St. Alexius Human Performance Center at 701-530-8100 or 1-800-222-7858.