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An analogy (metaphor?) to explain the difficult-to-understand

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An analogy (metaphor?) to explain the difficult-to-understand
Heidi, after an exhausting night of sleeping. 😊

Even though our kids had almost moved out when we got our dog, she behaves as if they still live with us. She gets understandably excited when they come over (extra attention for her!) but also gets unexpectedly concerned when they leave.
 
She looks for them and whines.
 
It could be her instinct to herd. She wants everyone in a single place so she can stand guard. It’s like she needs to know where everyone is before she can relax.
 
Heidi is a great analogy for our bodies.
 
If that confused you, let’s look at it another way. Think about an army commander: feel the difference in his/her mental state between when the location of all the troops are known vs when one or more troops are not in communication.
 
What if our bodies are happier/more regulated when we have a sense of where all of our body parts are in space?

Eureka! That’s proprioception.

Quotes
Eureka! - I have found it!
~Archimedes
 
People think of these eureka moments and my feeling is that they tend to be little things, a little realisation and then a little realisation built on that.
~Roger Penrose



Action Ideas
I’ve always struggled to understand proprioception and its implications but seeing Missy H pace room to room after our kids leave helped me to understand the tension in a body that is trying its best to ‘herd’ all of the body parts into a known/safe location. Our body would be searching for input.
 
For some, extra input is needed to signal to the brain where a body part is in space. Two ways to increase that input is through joint traction and joint compression.
 
Joint traction is when there is pressure pulling a joint apart. Think about the arms when swinging from monkey bars. Or if someone is draped over the side of a chesterfield, with their legs dangling. I didn’t read anything to back this, but spinning with your arms out and hand flapping would produce joint traction.
 
Joint compression is the opposite. Pressure is applied inwards from either side of the joint. Think jumping on a trampoline, running, skipping, handstands and bike riding. Headstands compress arms as well as neck joints.
 
To do a joint compression to another person, begin by asking for permission to do the activity, in this case, the shoulder joint. Place one hand on the shoulder to stabilize. Place the other hand on the upper arm. Then move the upper arm towards the shoulder in 5-10 controlled, quick, gentle moves.  For more detailed descriptions/videos, see the websites listed at the end of the newsletter.
 
For a different type of compression, check out our pressure vests. The body piece can be used alone or the shoulder straps can be added. Also, you can easily cut our pressure vests to be shorter for a better fit.
 
Have a week where the push-and-pull of life leaves you feeling calm and happy.

Providing calmness & comfort, learning & laughter,
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InnovAID Inc.
www.InnovAID.ca

P.S. Have you found a good way to describe/understand proprioception? How do you explain it to people? For whatever reason, it’s been an elusive term for my brain to understand. Maybe your explanation of it will finally have me understand it more fully.


Websites for this article
http://asensorylife.com/joint-traction-and-compression.html List of activities that include traction and compression.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dC5T-KFzko traction of the legs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujVduxP5TXQ traction of the legs
https://kidsplaysmarter.com/joint-compressions-calming/ General info. Also contains video of how to compress arms.
https://www.advocatehealth.com/assets/documents/subsites/luth/downsyndrome/joint-compression_upper-body-final.pdf Handout to share about compression.

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