Proprioceptive Stimulation.  An Effective Tool for Reversing Postural Distortions and Eliminating Chronic Pain

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What is Proprioceptive Stimulation
Proprioceptive stimulation is a holistic technique/therapy which eliminates or greatly reduces debilitating pain in the muscles and joints by eliminating or greatly reducing postural distortions, which in turn, facilitates the body's innate ability to heal itself. 

  • Proprio comes from the latin word proprius meaning 'one's own' and perception is the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body.
  • Proprioception is a distinct sensory feedback mechanism that provides information to the brain on the internal status of the body. The sense of proprioception determines whether the cody is moving and where the various parts of the body are located in relation to each other (e.g., the body's posture).

Proprioceptive Stimulation reverses postural distortiones by:

  • Applying a tactile (pressure) stimulation to the bottom of the foot
  • This stimulation generates a signal that is sent to the cerebellum (the balance/postural center of the brain)
  • Acting on this signal, the cerebellum initiates global postural correction, foot to jaw 
  • This correction in posture (e.g., joint and muscle alignments) facilitates the body's readjustment towards a state of homeostasis (maintenance of a constant and stable condition) and elimination of musculoskeletal pain
  • Current research has repeatedly demonstrated this link between postural distortions (poor posture) and the development of musculoskeletal pain.


Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy (RPT) uses a specific type of Proprioceptive Stimulation to reverse the postural distorsions resulting from either the Rothbarts Foot or the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.  


Proprioceptive Insoles are used to change the body's global posture by sending signals from the feet to the cerebellum.  The cerebellum acts on these signals and automatically makes a global correction in the body's posture.






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