Five Evidence-Based Ways to Hone Proprioception

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Proprioceptive training can be easily broken into 5 different categories of techniques. Each category contains a wide variety of treatments - everything from simple balance training to magnetic stimulation. The question must be asked: do any of these actually work?

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Ever been reading a really stellar book, sitting at the beach, drinking a canned soft drink? You’re lost, engrossed in your novel and never once look down at that drink. Yet, without fail, your arm drops down, your hand cups, your fingers lightly grip that can of fizz and the perfect number of actin-myosin cross-bridges activate to bring that drink to lips. There isn’t a jerk or a tremor or a single carbonated drip. Your body functions like a machine. You have just operated at the pleasure of your body’s well-honed proprioceptive loops.


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Andrea Salzman
Andrea Salzman, MS, PT graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master’s degree in physical therapy in 1992. Over the last two decades, she has held numerous prominent leadership roles in the physical therapy field, with a heavy emphasis on academic writing and administrative functions. Between 1995 and 1998, Salzman served as the Editor-in-Chief of an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) journal. In 2010, Salzman received one of the highest honors given to a physical therapist from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Judy Cirullo Leadership Award. Between 2012 and the present, Salzman has written 12 physical therapy courses for Care2Learn, Relias Learning and reviewed over 100 other course offerings. Currently, Salzman continues in her writing, leadership and administrative roles at Aquatic Therapy University and 10K Health.
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Mathew Kirk
17 Nov 2021
Very informative
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Sarah Blake
05 Jan 2022
Great resource for ideas on training proprioception. Not very details but gives a good starting point with evidence to support. Evidence referenced in this article came from studies using participants with Parkinson's disease or stroke survivors. While helpful I would also be interested in a study done on the ASD population as they often struggle with proprioception as well.
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Esther McKenzie
22 Nov 2022
Interesting read!
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