Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR)

The Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex helps with stability; it helps us develop muscle tone, balance, posture, and coordination throughout the whole body. Often when the TLR Reflex is not integrated, there is more rigidity in the leg muscles and tensions in the neck.

In school, the TLR reflex helps with coordination, spatial awareness, orientation to sequencing and time, and vision.  When not integrated, this reflex can also contribute to attention problems and can affect hearing and auditory processing due to the fact it helps integrate the vestibular and proprioceptive centers of the body.

Some symptoms of a nonintegrated Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR)

  • Balance problems with changes in head position (walking up or down stairs, riding a bike, looking up at the board or to paint the ceiling)
  • Overall coordination problems
  • Fear of heights
  • Travel or motions sickness
  • Difficulty in sequencing order and time
  • Weak muscle tone; weak neck muscles; tension and pain in the neck
  • Difficulties holding the head up
  • Posture might be forward resulting in low energy
  • Weak eye muscles, difficulty with vision
  • Skipping words or line of print when reading
  • Very tight, rigid muscles; tendency to walk on toes

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