So … as promised, we’re going to go more in-depth to talk about the different sensory systems. I thought I’d start with one of our less known but powerful systems called Proprioception. This is one of my favourite senses! I’m going to ask you to do a little test for me. Close your eyes, extend your arms out to the sides and then reach with your finger to touch your nose.
Were you accurate in touching your nose? How did your body know where to move; when your visual system wasn’t helping? This is called body awareness and is related to proprioception. We have sensors in our muscles and joints that give us information about where our body is in space and how our body parts relate to each other. Cool right??
Here is another cool fact. Did you go through an awkward ‘gangly’ phase as a teenager where you all of a sudden became really clumsy? Everyone does! Maybe you couldn’t figure out why all of a sudden your body didn’t do what you wanted it to. This is related to the growth spurt that happens around this time, and how it takes our body a while to catch up and figure out the new dimensions of this new body frame.
Proprioception is a key element in muscle control, gross motor skill development and moving our body through space. It is also an important system that helps us to regulate …. But that is a topic for another day!