Proprio…What? or, Are You Coordinated?
Proprioception has to do with coordination and position sense. Try this experiment. Close your eyes and touch the tip of your nose with your fingertip. Were you able to do it? The highest number of nerve receptors that sense movement are in the neck, hands, and feet. All joints, however, have their fair share. The better these receptors work, the better the body can respond.
Let me give you an example. If a person sprains his or her ankle, they are more likely to sprain it again and again. This happens because the ligaments are weak but more importantly because with injury the proprioceptors become dull. It doesn’t have to be an injury either. Posture changes proprioceptors, as well.
The danger of having dulled proprioceptors is a much broader topic than you probably want to delve into at this time. Suffice it to say that if your proprioceptors are not working well, you leave yourself very susceptible to injury. Likewise, pain sensation travels on the same nerve fibers so pain increases as proprioception decreases and vice versa.
The trick to getting these proprioceptors to wake up? Get the joint moving. Lack of motion or improper motion scrambles the receptors. Proper stimulation through movement, improves their function. Chiropractic adjustments and activities that challenge us physically both in strength and coordination are the best ways I can think of to accomplish this goal.