Why Proprioceptive Medicine is Essential for Your Health

Proprioceptive Medicine is a diagnostic technique system for Chiropractors and Osteopaths based on known anatomy, neurology and physiology applied in novel and clinically relevant ways. Proprioceptive Muscle Testing allows fully qualified health practitioners to examine and challenge their patients’ primary defence mechanism, the nervous system, and identify any and all weaknesses which make them vulnerable to illness or injury. This analysis quickly uncovers the best solution for that patient at that time.


Proprioceptive medicine is always constructive. It builds strong and robust patients who can overcome any health challenge, be it physical, chemical, biological or emotional – responding to any stress appropriately and repairing damage quickly and efficiently. Although it is an effective treatment method, it’s primary advantage is in restoring optimal function to prevent future injury and illness.

We run live seminars and workshops worldwide for health practitioners as well as providing online seminars. Whatever your experience in healthcare, we invite you to investigate the science, logic and practice of proprioceptive medicine so that you can improve the outcomes for every one of your patients.

Is Our Brain Really In Control of our Body?

Using Muscles

What really controls muscles?

Proprioception is defined as body position sense – the ability to know where our body is at all times.

It refers to our uncanny ability to know almost exactly where our arm, leg or finger is, without looking at it. With proprioception, you can estimate the angle of your elbow, the position of your hand and the spread of your fingers. If you had to touch your nose, you could do so, even with your eyes closed. As impressive as this ability is, it is only part of the proprioception story.
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The Myotatic Reflex

The Myotatic Reflex (sometimes myotactic reflex) is probably our body’s most unrecognised and unappreciated defence mechanism. Forget about the immune system. When it comes to making it safely through the day, nothing comes close to the myotatic reflex.

Imagine that a muscle is able to constantly monitor its own length and tension no matter what its length, and is able to respond the instant its length or tension changes. Without the myotatic reflex, controlled movement would be impossible. Continue reading

The withdrawal reflex

In the last blog I showed how the myotatic reflex works to prevent our body being damaged by an outside force.

The withdrawal reflex (also known as the flexor withdrawal reflex) also exists to keep us safe.

Whenever our skin is stimulated, our muscles respond appropriately to remove us from harm’s way. Continue reading

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Why would a bodybuilder lose 75% of their strength?

I have a fascinating case study for you today. A body builder who suddenly lost 75% of his squat strength. Watch as I use proprioception to find out exactly what went wrong: Keep well, test strong Simon King Chiropractor [watch video]

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