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Our 6th Sense Proprioception

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I have a fun topic for this edition of my blog. Proprioception our sixth sense. About a year ago I was explaining some exercises to a retired college professor and used the term proprioception. I was explaining how your body relates to its presence in space, and how his exercises could teach his brain to hold his head in a better position for his posture. He had never heard of the term or concept, which made me feel good because I was able to teach someone who spent his career educating others something new. Well a week ago, as I expected, he came back with a link to an article that describes proprioception in great detail and how important it is to your body's ability to function. Without proprioception we can't walk in the dark or find our nose with our finger in the dark. Chiropractic care and proper exercises improves your body's innate intelligence helping to regulate how your brain interprets its proprioceptive abilities. This leads to better balance and overall ambulatory function. That's how chiropractic care can help patients with balance issues. Foot leveler orthotics can also play a significant role in helping your brains proprioceptive skills achieve and maintain proper balance while walking or standing.

"Though it is often not in our conscious awareness, proprioception still serves a critical function. “If you want to move in a coordinated fashion, you have to know where your body is at all moments,” says Adam Hantman, a neuroscientist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute who studies proprioception. “You could look at your limbs, but that means you can’t look at other things.” Proprioception allows our eyes to pay attention to what’s going on outside our bodies.

Please check out the following link as provided by my patient to learn more about this very interesting topic.

https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/11/22/20920762/proprioception-sixth-sense

 

 

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