Why Is the Proprioceptive Movement Sense As Important As the Vestibular Movement Sense?

“When sensory input is balanced with movement output, the energy body is at its optimal state for learning.”

– Cris Rowan, OTR, Pediatric Occupational Therapist

 

  • Love-the-TrampolineThe proprioceptive movement receptors are located in our muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and connective tissues.
  • The propriceptive receptors are fired by deep-pressure and heavy work of any kind, inclusive of pushing, pulling, weight-bearing, lifting, jumping, climbing, and “crashing”.
  • Proprioception is easily taken for granted because it is an unconscious sense to most of us. It tells us how to automatically move our muscles and joints effectively and efficiently to do what we need to do. Good proprioception supports motor coordination, motor-planning, and the ability to grade movement with smoothness and fluidity.
  • Children with proprioceptive dysfunction may push too hard, write too hard, play too hard. They may be crashers, movers, and shakers, full off endless energy. They may play too rough, struggle with body awareness, and demonstrate difficulty with motor control.
  • Proprioceptive movement activities are always organizing and never over stimulating. Recurring proprioceptive movement activities are known serotonin boosters, easily depleted by stress.
  • Proprioceptive movement activities provide calming input to the body. As with using fitness equipment, weights at the gym, or running, the “just-right” feeling is around 2 hours after the workout. Planned therapy activities and sensory-diet activities at home can do the same.
  • Movement is stimulation the brain craves, so always have plenty of movement opportunities available for children.
  • When in doubt, move, move, move!

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