What is P-DTR and Why is it SO Amazing?

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I get a lot of questions about the latest tool in my arsenal - Proprioceptive-Deep Tendon Reflex - and for good reason. It is not like anything I had previously ever seen in physiotherapy or other types of manual therapy anywhere. Using a combination of manual muscle testing and neurological challenges, P-DTR assesses and corrects any dysfunction in the communication between the brain and the body. The body is an incredible thing and the neurological receptors in the tissue have an amazing ability to remember trauma and injury. The tissue usually heals after trauma, but the nervous system doesn’t forget and unfortunately as a result, it can change our motor output or muscle activation and create patterns of muscle imbalances and compensations.

The receptors in our skin, tissues, joints and fascia are constantly communicating information to our brain to allow it to make appropriate choices about how to move. We depend on this information all day and when functioning correctly it will keep us moving as efficiently as possible. The problem comes when there is an injury or a trauma to these receptors and the tissue they are harboured in. The brain will then receive information that there is a problem with that area and make movement decisions based on this feedback. During the tissue healing phase this is totally normal to see muscles turn off and others become over active to mitigate further injury to the structure and avoid further stimulating the painful receptors. The problem arrises after the tissue has healed and the nervous hasn’t yet gotten the update (which can last indefinitely!). Tissue heals but the nervous system remembers and as a result it continues to send abhorrent information to the brain even when the tissue is healed. P-DTR determines where the abhorrent receptors are and then reprograms them back to their baseline level of sensitivity and communication which allows the muscles they are affecting to return to a normal level of tonicity and motor output. The human body and nervous system are incredibly complex, but P-DTR makes is so streamlined and simple.

Even more incredibly, P-DTR isn’t just limited to changing muscle tonicity and movement, it can optimize organ function, gut motility, cranial nerve function, vestibular function, food sensitivities, multi-tasking and brain fog to name a few.

To learn more about P-DTR, have a look at their website HERE.

To book your own P-DTR session with Danielle, please email hello@thebalancedcollective.com or fill in the form below.


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