Reflex locomotion

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Reflex locomotion, usually referred to as the Vojta method, is a technique for the treatment of physical and mental impairment in humans. It was discovered by Václav Vojta.

Based on studies of treatments for spastic[clarification needed] children for muscular disorders in the 1950s, a number of reflex points were identified which can be used to stimulate the human body to crawl and turn. By applying pressure to the appropriate reflex points the major muscle groups in the body are activated, breathing becomes regulated and mental activity increases.

The Vojta method is classified as alternative medicine.[1] As of 1981—1986 the clinical trials could not show the clinical effect of Vojta and Bobath treatments.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Operational Definition of CAM". Cochrane CAM Field. University of Maryland School of Medicine. Archived from the original on 2011-06-16.
  2. ^ Piper, M. C.; Kunos, V. I.; Willis, D. M.; Mazer B. L., Ramsay M., Silver K. M. (1986). "Early Physical Therapy Effects on the High-Risk Infant. A Randomized Controlled Trial". Pediatrics. 78 (2): 216–224. PMID 3526267.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ d’Avignon, M.; Norén, L.; Arman, T. (1981). "Early physiotherapy ad modum Vojta or Bobath in infants with suspected neuromotor disturbance". Neuropediatrics. 12 (3): 232–241. doi:10.1055/s-2008-1059654. PMID 7027073.

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