P-DTR Could Be the Cure for Your Aches and Pains

p-dtrHave you ever heard of P-DTR? No? Me neither.

At least, I hadn’t heard of it until my mentor Tracy Maxfield announced on Facebook that he was the first certified practitioner of P-DTR in Missouri. Here’s why that is important to you, even if you don’t know Tracy Maxfield.

  1. Tracy has a passion for anatomy and how the body works. Specifically, he is interested in helping people who are in pain become pain-free.
  2. On this quest for knowledge, Tracy always knows about the newest techniques for restoring the body to neutral and/or relieving pain.
  3. If you’re like me, there has been a point in your life when you have been in significant pain. You try all the tricks you know, and seek advice from professionals. Even after trying everything you can think of, you’re still in pain. You’re left thinking, There must be something more. 

Well, maybe this is the answer. Maybe this new technique is the something more that you’ve been seeking.


P-DTR stands for Proprioceptive-Deep Tendon Reflex. Let’s take a moment to think about what that phrase really means.

Propriocpetion is our ability to sense our body. Furthermore, it’s our ability to sense our body in space. For example, when you know where your arms and legs are when you sit at a table, that’s proprioception. Knowing how close your leg is to the leg of the table is also proprioception.

Proprioception is kind of a vague concept, but the deep tendon reflex is very specific. Do you remember a doctor hitting your knee to check your reflexes? Well, that is one of about 7 different locations to test deep tendon reflexes.

So What Is P-DTR?

Essentially, P-DTR is the treatment of the mechanoreceptor system, which is frequently overlooked and untreated in surgery, massage, chiropractic treatment, and physical therapy. In 2000, Dr. Jose Palomar Lever, MD began studying the mechanoreceptor system. P-DTR is a result of his research.

The P-DTR website says,

“P-DTR addresses musculoskeletal problems by focusing on an important, but largely overlooked apparatus of the human body: the mechanoreceptor system.

Think of the receptor system as ‘software’ and bone, muscle, ligament and tendon as ‘hardware.’

As with computers, hardware problems are best addressed at the level of the hardware, but when the problem is at the level of the software, no amount of work on the hardware can fix the problem.

Everyone knows that muscles move the body and the brain moves the muscles. Fewer are familiar with the simple fact that it’s the mechanoreceptor system (software) that provides the brain with the information it needs to tense and release muscles as needed for good functioning and pain-free living.

Without accurate “uncorrupted” information from the mechanoreceptor system, the brain-muscle connection cannot function optimally. Breakdowns in this communication can result in chronically weak or chronically tensed muscles showing up as pain and/or difficulty with movement.”

More Information

To find a P-DTR practitioner, click here.

Here is a YouTube video from Carl Alexander that explains P-DTR while he treats a client. The video is a little choppy, but the content is excellent.

Have you had any experiences with P-DTR? Let us know in the comments below.

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About Sarah Stockett

Hi, I'm Sarah! I'm a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a passion for pain relief. I believe you can use simple exercises to relieve your aches + pains. AND, I believe I can teach you how.