Clumsiness

Resolution of life-long clumsiness in a 9-year old boy over 6 weeks.

mr clumsy clumsiness chiropracticProprioception is the ability of your brain to sense the relative position of your body parts in space, and the ability to move your body accurately without having to look at what you are doing. Without accurate proprioception you would not be able to drive a car as you would need to constantly look at what your arms and legs were doing. When proprioceptive function is impaired, for instance not knowing precisely where your leg is when your eyes are closed, you are more likely to be clumsy and accident prone.

Seemingly without effort, we adjust our movements to continuously changing environments. After initiation of a goal-directed movement, the motor command from the brain is under constant control of sensory feedback loops. The main sensory signals contributing to movement control are vision and proprioception. The posterior parietal cortex (rear part of the brain) plays a prominent role in processing sensory information for movement control. A recent study has shown that there is an area in this part of the brain which processes proprioceptive information only when coordinating your body1. This means that if the parietal cortex is not wired right, and you close your eyes, the clumsiness will be evident (see video below).

Chiropractic care assists brain function in many ways, one of which is proprioceptive function, and this improves the accuracy of the internal brain map so your brain knows exactly what is going on all the time. This process of accurately wiring the brain is especially important during childhood as the brain matures through to age twenty ■ Read more

Chiropractic may reduce “Klutz Syndrome”

crying-over-spilled-milkChiropractic care may have a role to play in assisting those who display poor proprioceptive function, say researchers at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, who are developing a scale to measure what they have dubbed “Klutz Syndrome”.

Proprioception is the ability of your brain to sense the relative position of your body parts in space, and the ability to move your body accurately and precisely without having to look at what you are doing. Without accurate proprioception you would not be able to drive a car as you would need to constantly look at what your arms and legs were doing.

According to Dr Heidi Haavik, Director of Research at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic: “When proprioceptive function is impaired, for instance not knowing precisely where your arm is when your eyes are closed, you are more likely to be clumsy and accident prone.”

“We know that chiropractic care assists brain function in many ways, one of which is proprioceptive function and this improves the accuracy of the internal brain map so your brain knows accurately what is going on all the time.”

“We are developing a dysfunctional sensorimotor integration scale, or I suppose you could call it a “clumsiness scale”. With this, the higher your reading on the scale, the more likely you may need to be adjusted by a chiropractor”. Read more


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