I was constantly getting the two mixed up. I would think I understood
the difference between the two and then, I would be confused
Let me share with you what I’ve learned.
We could say that practically all the problems of the
human race are due to the fact that thought is not proprioceptive.
system is similar to the other five senses in the way
that it takes external information and relays it to the brain.
It is located in our inner ears and is made up of three semi-circular
Most people say it focuses on “movement and balance” and answers the
questions: Which way it up? and Where am I going?
Another major responsibility of the
vestibular system is clear vision.
Without the vestibular system, we would see the world like the filming
of the Blair Witch Project or any camera that is moved as quickly as
our eyes move. If our brain was unable to compensate for the movement
of our body, head, and eyes, almost everything would be a blur.
Here are some common signs of vestibular dysfunction:
proprioceptive system is the only one of the seven
senses that doesn’t directly take in information from the outer world.
It is about relationships: The relationship of one body part to
another, and the relationship of the movement of a body part to the
needed strength to produce an action, such as how tightly to hold a
pencil or a glass.
Instead of gathering information from the outside world, it collects
information from its receptors that are located in joints, muscles,
tendons, and, as I mentioned in an earlier article, the fascia (fascia
had 10x more proprioceptive receptors than muscle. More on that in an
The proprioceptive receptors are activated by elongation, compression,
or traction. Often movement is needed to activate the receptors. Since
movement is commonly found in both proprioception and vestibular, the
two often cannot be separated.
Interoceptors are also part of the proprioceptive system and are
located in the gut and internal organs to signal bodily functions like
hunger and the need to use the washroom.
Here are some of the common signs of proprioceptive dysfunction:
Since movement is a major part of both senses, it is easy to why they
are easily confused. Many activities use both systems. The bonus of
having the two senses so closely related is that by doing specific
movements, both senses can be improved. In most cases, we don't need to
know which system is being helped more, we need to focus on taking the
If you are interested in seeing the effects of only a damaged
proprioceptive system, this documentary is about a man who had proprioceptive damage
and was able to relearn movement, something the experts thought was
Interestingly, his unique experience has some similarities to living
Also note, when it first happened and he would lie in bed, he felt like
he was floating. Maybe that's why some people love weighted blankets.
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