What is Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex?

Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR) is a technique that falls under the scope of practice of massage therapy. P-DTR uses the compensation theory to look at the body’s receptors signaling. In an initial appointment there is a thorough assessment, this helps the therapist to understand the mechanisms behind the symptoms, and therefore determine what the most effective treatment would be. The treatment alters the threshold of receptor sensitivity back to its original baseline state.

The doctor is holding a neurological hammer on a red background. The neurologist checks the patient
Doctor examining reflexes of patient knee

What does treatment look like?

Repetitive muscle testing with the application of various stimuli (manually, by the therapist) to the patient’s skin, around joints, ligaments, the face, head, etc.
Stimuli can include (but is not limited to): light touch, pressure, local stretch, joint compression, ligament stress, vibration (tuning forks), and pinprick (toothpick)

Is it covered by benefits?

P-DTR is a technique that can be used by registered massage therapists, physiotherapists and chiropractors. Caelum Ellis is a registered massage therapist and uses P-DTR as the primary technique in her practice


When is it available at Kamloops Osteopathy?

Caelum Ellis provides massage therapy appointments  on Saturdays.

How much does it cost?

Initial Massage Therapy Session – $130

1 Hour Massage Therapy Session – $130

45 Minute Massage Therapy Session – $100

30 Minute Massage Therapy Session – $70

20 Minute Massage Therapy Session – $50