Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR) is the original development and research of Orthopedic Surgeon Dr Jose Palomar. It recognises that input from Sensory Receptors ( Golgi, Pacini, Vibration, Hot, Cold, Nociceptors etc.) and the way the brain processes and acts on this this information directly affects out neuromuscular responses. If the Receptor feedback to the brain is faulty or corrupted, motor control affecting our movement & stability will be compromised, resulting in Pain & Dysfunction.

Most modalities only treat or consider the body’s Hardware, not realising that problems are often driven by the Software…

The way we move and feel is dictated by 3 things: Input, Processing and Output.

P-DTR can quickly assess the sensory pathways and reset the involved receptors so that the brain can now make it’s decisions based on accurate information, rather than confused, faulty or corrupted data.

Improved Movement and Function is restored.

P-DTR is a very gentle, non-invasive, and painless method based on the real time manual effect of particular sensory receptors on the human body. Doctor Palomar created a unique system of neurological challenges and has discovered the predictable “rules” that demonstrate how the CNS responds to stimulus. He has demonstrated extensively the difference in the CNS response under normal conditions (no dysfunction) and during the stimulation of a dysfunctional afferent input. The types of manual afferent inputs (stimuli) that are used can be produced in a variety of ways including light swiping (to stimulate the receptors of touch), local stretching (to stimulate Golgi receptors), deep pressure (Pacini receptors) and many more. Today, P-DTR works with most of the exteroreceptors, interoreceptors and proprioceptors that form the afferent input to the CNS.

The physiological explanation of this method is logical – each type of receptor (for example: Golgi, Pacini, vibration, nociceptors etc.) is stimulated and when the threshold for that receptor has been exceeded by the amount of stimuli, the stimuli are converted into electrical impulses. These electrical impulses form the afferent information that reaches the CNS with each type of input being relayed along their respective pathways.

The CNS receives this information, interprets it and makes a motor or gland response based on the synthesis of all the information it has received. For example, the sensation of PAIN. It is synthesized directly in the brain and is a complex product of the information from the nociceptive, proprioceptive and exteroceptive systems. Put simply, the sensation of pain would be the interpretation of the brain based on a complex integration of information from variety of different sources.

The P-DTR method provides the tools and assessments to locate and diagnose the dysfunctional receptors, to stimulate all parts of a dysfunction, to find the priority area, which is most important for the nervous system, to control afferent information flow and to reset it when it is dysfunctional, thereby altering the integration of all noxious stimuli and the formation of sense of pain itself.