Proprioception; the sixth sense?


Proprioception is sometimes referred to as the sixth sense and works to inform our body of its position in space. Receptors for this system are found mainly in our muscles and relay information on muscle length and tension to the brain allowing our body to repsond accordingly. This allows us to know where our joints are positioned and the amount of force being applied to our body.

To get an idea of how the proprioceptive system works, imagine closing your eyes and having someone move your arms to an extended position in front of you. Even though you can’t see them, you can feel that your arms are outstretched. Now if someone were to place 10 pound weights in each hand, your proprioceptive system would signal for you to make one of two decisions. Either let your arms fall to your sides due to the increased force or contract your muscles with greater effort to match it. We rely heavily on this sense throughout the day to keep track of what our bodies are doing. From this it is fair to conclude that proprioception is necessary for building body awareness and effective proprioceptive feedback makes the body feel secure in how we fit in with our environment.

If our proprioceptive feedback mechanisms are less efficient, possibly due to muscles injuries, we are less aware of the positioning of limbs in relation to the trunk pf the body and as a result biomechanical movements could be affected. There is increasing evidence that when muscle injury occurs use of a soft lightweight  joint wrap helps with this proprioceptive response. Our research continues...........

Disclaimer: As all medical conditions are unique to the individual, if any of the details provided in the article are unclear in any way, professional independent medical advice should be taken before acting upon any of the information given.

  • Posted By : VertiBaX
  • Mar 02, 2018
  • Category: News
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