Tiny nerve endings all over the body that gauge different sensations like pain, vibration, stretch, temperature and send this information to the brain. 

An automatic muscle contraction after the tendon of that muscle has been stretched. A widely known reflex is the knee jerk. 

What is a deep tendon reflex? 

The vast majority of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment resolves around the hardware of the body (muscles, joints, bones, tendons etc.). P-DTR addresses the software - the programming of the body controlled by the nervous system. It enables the practitioner to understand the neurological reasons why a person has a problem, compared to osteopathy, which looks at the structural reasons.

Both methods and philosophies look for WHY you have an issue, which, in our opinion, is the most important question. 


Proprioceptive-Deep Tendon Reflex, or P-DTR, is a method of functional neurology that enables the practitioner to understand, diagnose and treat their patients nervous system using stimulations and tendon reflexes. 

It was invented by Dr. Jose Palomar as he researched the human nervous system and endeavoured to find a method that could make permanent changes to a persons' symptoms. 

What are nerve receptors?

Diagnosis is the key to P-DTR; once this is formulated the treatment is quick, painless and immediately evident. 

Diagnosis is made by gaining information from:

- the patients history

- their posture and the way that they move

- muscle testing

- response to different stimuli (taps, light/deep pressure, vibration etc) made to the body 

This information tells us which nerve receptors are actively sending wrong information to the brain, and therefore, causing the brain to respond by causing muscle weakness/tightness, joint stiffness, pain etc. 

Treatment enables these nerve receptors to essentially be turned off, allowing the brain to stop triggering responses that may cause symptoms.