The Spinal Galant or 'Corkscrew Reflex' helps the baby on its journey to wriggle its way through the birth canal. It is present in-utero and usually integrates by around 3-9 months of age. If you gently stroke down and to the side of a newborn baby's lower spine, a side flexion (bend) to the stimulated side is initiated. Stimulating the reflex often causes urination and is often initiated when changing a baby's nappy as the urination is activated by the touch of the nappy on the baby's lower back. Bedwetting beyond the age of five is often a sign that this reflex has not yet been integrated. When the child turns in bed the feel of the sheets on the back, or rolling over can stimulate the reflex, causing urination.

Signs of retention

Bedwetting and/or poor bladder control beyond the age of 5 years
An inability to sit still and constantly fidgets and changes position
Problems with 'near' focus - reading
Poor concentration, a racing mind
Dislike of tags on clothing, tucking in of a shirt or tight waistbands
Lack of focus, and attention to a task
Poor short-term memory, necessary to build long-term memory and a good working memory
Auditory processing problems
Problems with sensory integration
Posture issues, chronic back or neck pain
Hip rotation to one side appearing as a limp


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