What is P-DTR

Proprioceptive-Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR) is the original thought and research of Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Jose Palomar. This Neurologic Reflexogenic Technique recognizes that sensory receptors, and the way the brain interprets these receptors, is critical for determining the proper neuromuscular response thoughout the whole body. If the receptors throughout the body are dysfunctional they will send an incorrect response to the brain which will create a compromised motor response. This creates pain and dysfunction throughout the body.


The body’s motor response is not just determined by the motor system, but a response to the stimuli these receptors send to our brain. The brain then interprets the information these receptors (such as tickle, touch, heat, cold, sound, vision, length, tension, and more) and determines the proper motor output. Thus if these receptors are dysfunctional they send corrupted information to the brain which can create an incorrect output resulting in pain or dysfunction.


Most therapeutic modalities work on correcting the motor response “hardware”. However, most issues exist within the “software” which can be thought of as the receptors and nervous system. A good analogy could be a computer having a software bug or virus. By replacing the keyboard or monitor it will not solve the problem. You need to fix the operating system to produce proper responses. You can think of P-DTR as updating your software and removing bugs.


By utilizing muscle testing and neural challenges we can locate and correct the dysfunctional sensory receptors and make corrections, thereby restoring proper function and eliminating pain. The work is fast, non-invasive and permanent unless a new trauma occurs. This makes P-DTR extremely beneficial and can treat dysfunctions created since childhood.

Reasons you may find P-DTR beneficial:

  • Resolve Long term problems you’ve “learned to live with”

  • Treat the source of the issue and not the symptom

  • Increase range of motion

  • Eliminate lingering dysfunction and pain from chronic injuries or accidents

  • Deal with emotional Trauma

  • Decrease ankle sprains

  • Increase strength output by restoring muscles

  • Maximize balance and stability

  • Improve muscular coordination

  • Decrease stress and the associate chronic effects.


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P-DTR Specific Blogs

Proprioceptive-Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR) is a very versatile, deep and high level technique. Due to the complexity of this modality I will be providing educational blogs specific to P-DTR for my clients and fellow therapists to better educate themselves. Check below to boost your understanding of how P-DTR Works