What are Proprioceptive Exercises?
Proprioceptive exercises are exercises which challenge and develop proprioceptive receptors. Proprioception helps to stabilise a joint during static and dynamic functional tasks. Decreased proprioception can lead to an increased risk of injury. Physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk provide an assessment and proprioception exercises rehabilitation programme for those who present with symptoms of decreased proprioception. Proprioception may be reduced due to injury or immobility.
What are the benefits of Proprioception Exercises?
There are many benefits of receiving a proprioceptive exercise programme from the experienced physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk. Some of the benefits of proprioceptive exercises are:
- Improved joint position
- Improved joint stability
- Reduced risk of injury
- Helps to improve your confidence in your joint
- Improved mobility
- Reduced muscle compensation – muscles may become overactive if proprioception is decreased as they will compensation to stabilise the joint
What do Proprioceptive Exercises include?
A proprioceptive exercise programme will be a graduated rehabilitation programme where the exercises become more challenging as the proprioception improves. Some of the principles and exercises which are included in proprioceptive exercise programmes include:
- Initial subjective and objective assessment
- Outcome measure – to review your progress
- Exercises within the joint range of movement just as instability is felt
- Exercises to improve muscle reaction time
- Balance exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Functional dynamic exercises just into the range where instability is felt
- Self-management strategies close to end stage rehabilitation
Who would benefit from Proprioceptive Exercise Programmes?
Many people would benefit from proprioceptive exercise programmes. People may complain of recurrent injuries such as ankle sprains, shoulder and knee instability. You may benefit from proprioceptive exercises programme if:
- You have recurrent injuries e.g. ankle sprains as the structures and proprioceptive receptors become damaged
- Swelling at a joint – this can impair the proprioceptive feedback
- Pain at a joint – as this can also impair the proprioceptive feedback
- Ligament and tendon damage – as the proprioceptive receptors will be damaged
- Post surgery – as trauma and tissue damage will have been caused during the surgery therefore proprioceptive receptors will also be damaged.
Proprioception deficits can have an effect on the joints ability to function normally and can increased the risk of injury to the joint, therefore, a physiotherapy assessment and proprioceptive exercise programme will be of benefit. To arrange an appointment or to speak to one of our qualified experienced physiotherapists please call physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 and we will endeavour to help you.Alternatively, book an appointment with us online today!