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What are Proprioceptive Exercises?

Proprioceptive exercises are exercises which challenge and develop proprioceptive receptors. Proprioception helps to stabilise a joint during static and dynamic functional tasks. Decreased proprioception can lead to an increased risk of injury. Physiotherapists at provide an assessment and proprioception exercises rehabilitation programme for those who present with symptoms of decreased proprioception. Proprioception may be reduced due to injury or immobility.

Core stability and proprioception exercises assisted by specialist physiotherapistAbove: Core stability and proprioception exercises assisted by specialist physiotherapist

What are the benefits of Proprioception Exercises?

There are many benefits of receiving a proprioceptive exercise programme from the experienced physiotherapists at Some of the benefits of proprioceptive exercises are:
  • Improved joint position
  • Improved joint stability
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Helps to improve your confidence in your joint
  • Improved mobility
  • Reduced muscle compensation – muscles may become overactive if proprioception is decreased as they will compensation to stabilise the joint

Hip stability and proprioception exercises led by an experienced PhysiotherapistAbove: Hip stability and proprioception exercises led by an experienced Physiotherapist

If you feel you would benefit from a physiotherapy assessment and proprioceptive exercises rehabilitation programme please contact us or call 0330 088 7800 for further information or to arrange an appointment with one of our specialised Physiotherapists.

What do Proprioceptive Exercises include?

A proprioceptive exercise programme will be a graduated rehabilitation programme where the exercises become more challenging as the proprioception improves. Some of the principles and exercises which are included in proprioceptive exercise programmes include:
  • Initial subjective and objective assessment
  • Outcome measure – to review your progress
  • Exercises within the joint range of movement just as instability is felt
  • Exercises to improve muscle reaction time
  • Balance exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Functional dynamic exercises just into the range where instability is felt
  • Self-management strategies close to end stage rehabilitation
The physiotherapists at are experienced at treating people who have proprioceptive deficits. They provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment programme including proprioceptive exercises to improve the function of the joint and enhance self-confidence in you.

Ankle and knee stability proprioception exercises supervised by a physiotherapistAbove: Ankle and knee stability proprioception exercises supervised by a physiotherapist

Who would benefit from Proprioceptive Exercise Programmes?

Many people would benefit from proprioceptive exercise programmes. People may complain of recurrent injuries such as ankle sprains, shoulder and knee instability. You may benefit from proprioceptive exercises programme if:
  • You have recurrent injuries e.g. ankle sprains as the structures and proprioceptive receptors become damaged
  • Swelling at a joint – this can impair the proprioceptive feedback
  • Pain at a joint – as this can also impair the proprioceptive feedback
  • Ligament and tendon damage – as the proprioceptive receptors will be damaged
  • Post surgery – as trauma and tissue damage will have been caused during the surgery therefore proprioceptive receptors will also be damaged.


Proprioception deficits can have an effect on the joints ability to function normally and can increased the risk of injury to the joint, therefore, a physiotherapy assessment and proprioceptive exercise programme will be of benefit. To arrange an appointment or to speak to one of our qualified experienced physiotherapists please call on 0330 088 7800 and we will endeavour to help you.Alternatively, book an appointment with us online today!

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