Adjunct Education Course – Primitive Reflexes influencing movement & motor behaviour: How to help people move better!

Course Instructor:
Sean Gibbons, PT
BSc. (Hons) P.T., MSc. Ergonomics, PhD (c)

Course dates:
May 6/7, 2023

Course times:
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Snacks provided for morning breaks

Course Location:
Young Kempt Physiotherapy
2810 Windsor St. Halifax, NS

Course Fee:
Ortho Div members $450 + HST = $517.50
CPA members $500 + HST = $575.00
Non-CPA members $550 + HST = $632.50
CAMPT members $360 + HST = $414.00

Course Description:
Primitive reflexes (PR) are brain stem-mediated, complex automatic movement patterns that commence in utero. If PR persist beyond their average lifespan, they may begin to interfere with motor control and normal rehabilitation.

During this two-day course we will cover the assessment and rehabilitation of primitive reflexes in detail. Strategies for treatment in the clinic and home exercise will be discussed. Specific examples will be used to show how primitive reflex inhibition can immediately improve movement and motor control.

PR can be used to:
• reduce individual muscle tone in chronically short muscles (e.g., hamstrings, gastrocnemius)
• increase range of motion (e.g., upper cervical flexion, glenohumeral joint medial rotation)
• improve specific motor control (e.g., abdominal hollowing, scapular positioning)
• improve general coordination (e.g., clumsiness, proprioception, postural stability)
• target specific problems (e.g., toe walkers, some torticollis)
• facilitate pelvic floor rehab (e.g., pelvic floor asymmetry)
• normalize muscle tone (e.g., stroke)

Course Objectives:
• Use primitive reflex inhibition strategies to improve movement & motor control

• Apply clinical reasoning strategies for the clinical use of primitive reflex inhibition

• Take a subjective history related to primitive reflexes and Mild Neurological Dysfunction

As this is a practical course, registration is limited.

For more information, please send an e-mail to and a registration form will be emailed to you.

This course is presented by the Adjunct Education Committee of the National Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.