Game-Changers in Mental Health: the Gut, Hearing and Retained Primitive Reflexes

As we approach the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, we are conscious that our commitment to promoting good Mental Health must not be forgotten. As everyone moves on from the pandemic and those rational fears and worries start to dissipate, we know that for many people, Depression and Anxiety remains.


What if I am prone to anxiety?


It sometimes seems as if some people are predisposed to struggle with their mental health when others never have a problem. The Key Clinic is concerned with the possible root causes of some psychological concerns and what steps can be taken to help. There are various reflexes that some adults and children retain long after early infancy when they should have disappeared. We call these ‘retained reflexes’ and the most common of these reflexes in cases of anxiety is the Moro reflex.


What is a Retained Moro Reflex?


The Moro reflex serves as a baby’s primitive fight or flight reaction. It is usually inhibited by around 4 months of post-natal life and replaced by an adult “startle” reflex. When the Moro reflex is retained in an older child or adult it becomes an automatic uncontrollable overreaction to any type of stimulus, therefore overriding the higher decision-making centre of the brain.


We treat some of the main ‘retained reflexes’ that affect emotional stability, like the Moro Reflex:


‘I can not tell you how many people we have treated at the clinic who are adults and still have a retained Moro reflex from their very early life. If you have a retained Moro reflex, you are perpetually in a state of anxiety. You are waiting for that hammer to fall. You tend to be hypersensitive to things like sound, touch, textures, even to light. People with a retained Moro dislike change, not surprisingly because it is such a horrible feeling, this shock response that is being elicited.’


Treating Mental Health Concerns at The Key Clinic


At The Key Clinic, we have treated mental health concerns by taking a 360° view of possible causes. Other areas we look at are chemical imbalances originating in the gut and adjusting certain hearing profiles that have a proven link to depression. Sarah Warley, the founder of The Key Clinic, discusses these therapies in more detail in the video below.


Watch the full video here:


Sarah Warley, BA and MA in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University; Postgraduate training Neurodevelopmental Psychology, INPP; Walsh Institute training 'Mastering Brain Biochemistry'; Auditory Integration Postgraduate training; Occupational Audiology trained. Qualified Bioflex LLLT practitioner.


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