In the early 1930s a chiropractor by the name of Terrance J. Bennett discovered what came to be known as the Bennett reflexes. These reflex points, located about the head and front of the trunk, were believed to affect the circulation of the vascular system of various organs and glands to improve many types of conditions.
Stimulation of these reflex points was shown to strengthen specific muscles. Reflexes that Bennett associated with specific organs and glands correlated with the muscle-organ association that was also developing in applied kinesiology during the same period.
The neurologic influence on blood circulation affected by Bennett’s reflexes appears to develop early in the embryo and unfolds with the skin during growth, to finally be present in the fully developed human being. For the first three or four weeks, the fetus has no heart, and the mother’s placental circulation is augmented by a network of fetal vascular circuits. As the tissues grow, the circuits exert slight traction on the blood vessels, causing the vessel’s muscles to pulsate in an augmented fashion that aids the mother’s placental circulation. At about the third month, the heart is formed, taking over part of the burden of supplying circulation to the growing fetus. The vestigial neurovascular circuits that develop in the fetus remain to be called upon for circulation control later in life.
One can compare the neurovascular points with a thermostat. If the thermostat is set too low, the muscle doesn’t get its proper blood circulation, and the muscle’s lactic acid and other products of muscle contraction are not flushed or washed out. The muscle therefore becomes dysfunctional from its own waste products, resulting in weakness.
Bennett’s reflexes, what we’re calling Neurovascular Points, are mostly located in the head. Just as each of the Five Elements from Traditional Chinese Medicine is associated with a particular organ and a particular emotion, each Element is also associated with a particular set of Neurovascular Points.
The Neurovascular (NV) points also act as reflex points between the meridian system and the nervous system. The NV points can be used to reprogram your emotional and mental responses to stress and trauma. By gently holding specific neurovascular points with your fingers or hands, while at the same time holding a specific trauma or crisis in your mind, the body can be trained to respond in a more resourceful manner and release a stress response that may have become habitual.