Proprioception and Osteopathy

Proprioception deficits can be caused by different pathological conditions. Osteopaths can help.

Proprioception pathways are unconscious and conscious

  • Example of conscious proprioception: even with the eyes closed a person will still know if the arm is raised above the head or hanging by the side. The person is conscious aware of the limb despite not being able to see it.
  • Example of unconscious proprioception: once a child has mastered certain movements for example for walking, the unconscious proprioception takes over to provide a feedback system to produce the skill as required without thinking about it.

 Proprioception pathways

Proprioception pathways

Possible causes for proprioceptive dysfunctions:

  • Disc herniation.
  • Brain injuries.
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • Diabetes and old age.
  • Peripheral neuropathy.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Huntington’s disease.
  • ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).
  • Joint injuries, such as an ankle sprain or knee sprain.
  • Joint replacement surgery, such as hip replacement or knee replacement.
  • Overdose vit B6.
  • Growth (growing children can have temporary loss of proprioception). This temporary loss of proprioception can also occur by weight gain or loss.
  • Epileptic insults.
  • Joint hypermobility.
  • Viral infections.

All details and more can be found in my book on POSTURE.


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