The primary aim of P-DTR® is to normalise the afferent input from sensory receptors in the body.P-DTR® allows the brain to make more accurate decisions and gives a more accurate reflection of the environment.
In a normally functioning receptor, the threshold signal to fire (action potential) is kept at a normal level. The receptor has the resources to self-compensate and is not overly sensitized. The receptor will send accurate information to the CNS about the environment.
In dysfunctional receptors the signal becomes too high or too low (Hyper/Hypo sensitive).
Every dysfunctional receptor will cause a direct change in motor output via the CNS. Therefore, each dysfunctional receptor will cause improper facilitation/inhibition of muscles throughout the entire body.
Using manual muscle testing we can look for muscles that have become inhibited (neurologically weak) or hypertonic (neurologically protected) as a way in to finding the receptor dysfunction causing those changes.
By finding the both the primary receptor issue, and its main compensation, treatment using a deep tendon reflex can be applied to normalise the tone and response of these receptors.
The deep tendon reflex acts to take a snapshot of the current system, and “resets” or normalises the tone of the dysfunctional receptors.
The muscles that were associated to these dysfunctional receptors will now have normalised tone and as a result have had an instant change onto their movement patterns and potential. What is important to note is that P-DTR® is not a cookie cutter approach.