Sometimes it is easier to begin by telling you what Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT) is NOT.
To really begin to understand PRRT, you need to know that our bodies have protective reflexes (Primal Reflexes), which protect our bodies when there is imminent danger or potential for injury. These reflexes are critical for protecting us from being injured.
The autonomic nervous system is made up of the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) systems. At times, trauma or stress can force our bodies into the fight or flight system and the body remains in this system even when the “threat” is gone. Imagine holding a 1-pound weight in your hand. It would be easy to do; you could do it without thinking about it. Now, imagine holding that weight and not letting it go…for days, weeks, months or even years at a time. Imagine how painful and tired your hand and arm muscles would get. The rest of your body would try to help and it would get sore too. That’s how the sympathetic nervous system can take over your body. That can be why, even though you injured your back, your whole-body hurts, or why you have headaches now after hurting your shoulder.
PRRT is a unique, painless way to “re-set” the autonomic nervous system. By using your body’s reflexes (like when the doctor taps your knee to check your reflex), we can often times eliminate pain. The techniques are so gentle, that we can use them on our most painful patients, comfortably. Most of the techniques are gentle taps or strokes and sometimes gentle pressure point holds. All while the patient lies or sits in a comfortable position.
PRRT is an excellent place to start with any injury. PRRT is painless and can take as little as 10 minutes to perform. If it is going to work, we know in 1 session, AND we can get up to 80% improvement in that 1 session! It usually takes only 4 sessions to complete. With such a powerful technique, we utilize PRRT on almost everyone who isn’t getting better quickly with “traditional” therapies.
Insurance covers these techniques the same as traditional physical therapy techniques.
You can schedule a visit to try PRRT (we’ll be able to tell you if your insurance requires that you get a prescription from your doctor), by calling either our Alliance office (330-828-2338) or the Belden Village office (330 493-4210) and ask to be seen by Thom Krupar, PT.
For further information on PRRT, please visit the national web site at www.thePRRT.com