Retained Spinal Galant Reflex

This reflex originally helps an infant descend the birth canal, and also helps the baby to urinate after birth. You can see this reflex in an infant when you gently stroke down one side of the lower part of the spine.

The baby's arms and legs sway toward the direction of the stroke, almost like a ticklish reaction. If you stimulate both sides of the spine at the same time it can induce urination. This is normal.

Spinal Galant should be integrated by 3 to 9 months as higher muscle control develops. If it isn't, it can cause many, subtle issues.


Test for Spinal Galant Reflex

Have the child get down on their hands and knees like a “kitty”. At the lower part of their back, stroke down one side of the spine, then the other.

Do this on both sides.

If the child’s muscles on the same side tighten, twitch, or jerk, the reflex is most likely still present. This is not caused by being ticklish. A ticklish child will react if their sides are touched not the side of their spine.


  • Fidgety, Hyper Activity, especially if clothes or chair brush their back.
  • If active down only one side, can cause scoliosis, rotated pelvis and lower back pain.
  • Poor concentration
  • Attention problems
  • Bedwetting long after potty training
  • Short term memory issues
  • Fidgeting and wiggly “ants in the pants”
  • Posture problems
  • Hip rotation on one side/possibly scoliosis
  • Low endurance
  • Chronic digestion problems
  • Even if they don’t display any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to do the quick test on them, as there may be other functions that are affected by it that are still unknown.