Proprioception Exercises: What They Are & Why You May Benefit from Them

If you recently injured your lower limb (knee, foot, ankle), or have undergone surgery, you will most likely need to partake in proprioception exercises to get you back in great performing shape.

“Proprioception is our sense and awareness of the position of our body parts and is closely linked to balance.  Having good proprioception helps reduce the risk of injury.  Located within the muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues of the body, are tiny sensors which relay information about joint position, pressure and muscle stretch to the brain.[1]” If you injure a joint, your proprioception sensors may become impaired, thus creating an unstable sensation to the site of injury[2].  An example of proprioception is when you close your eyes and you try to touch your nose with your finger.

What are proprioception exercises?

Proprioception exercises, are moves that re-train your body to control the position of the injured area.  If you injure your ankle, you may have very poor proprioception and feel unstable.  But once you begin training, your awareness of space and ability to balance, will greatly improve.

Types of exercises for proprioception:

Check out these videos for examples of moves to help strengthen proprioception in your feet.

 

 

Who benefits from these exercises?

Anyone can benefit from performing proprioception exercises, but they are particularly helpful for those that are: Athletes, elderly, those with neurological or orthopedic conditions, children and the accident prone. As soon as one can put their full weight on the injured leg, it is safe to being proprioception exercises.

 

If you are experiencing any weakness in your lower limb, after sustaining an injury, give our office a call at (707) 578-1222, so that we can get you in to be evaluated!

 

 

 

 

References:

[1] Proprioception. (n.d.). Retrieved July 22, 2017, from http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/rehabilitation-exercises/lower-leg-ankle-exercises/proprioception

[2] Miller, J. (2016, August 26). Physio Works – Physiotherapy Brisbane. Retrieved July 22, 2017, from http://physioworks.com.au/treatments-1/proprioception-balance-exercises

3 Haley, A. (2016, August 23). Proprioception: Definition, Exercises for Improving and More. Retrieved July 22, 2017, from http://www.stack.com/a/proprioception-definition-exercises-for-improving-and-more

 

 

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