Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex

Testing Position

  • Prone: on stomach
  • Supine: on back


  • Adult- “Asking can you sit up” – if they cannot but have muscle tone-lift extremities against gravity
  • Baby- lifting arms and legs against gravity

Positive Response

  • Can feel the extremities pushing down into gravity
  • In prone: overall flexion pattern
  • In supine: overall extension pattern

Onset: Birth
Integration: 6 months

*Check all sides- test both in prone and supine

** Lifting above and below the joint- never on the joint

***Testing for the ability to move against gravity- inner ear reflex- important for balance and gravity




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