What is The Babinski Reflex?
The Babinski reflex develops gradually and integrates up to two years old.
This reflex prepares the feet for walking and provides important stability.
It helps to mature coordination between the legs, hips and lumbar spine and improves muscle tone for the lower parts of the body. As the Babinski develops it helps with connecting the higher levels of the brain more efficiently.
Some possible long term challenges of a retained Babinski can be:
- Flat feet
- Does not like walking or slow walkers
Oversensitive soles of the feet
Does not like walking barefoot on stony beaches
- Speech and articulation challenges
- Poor attention and concentration
Tension in the feet, legs, hips and lower back
Tendency to walk on inside or outside of feet
Claw / Hammer toes
Weak ankles and easily sprains them
Rotation of a hip inward or outward
- Usually people with Cerebral palsy and Autism have a retained Babinski