What is Proprioception?

Proprioception, also known as kinesthesia, is the body’s ability to sense its own position and movement, as well as force and heaviness.

Sensory neurons throughout the body, collectively known as proprioceptors, process stimuli and provide feedback that the body uses to coordinate itself, also helping to stabilize and protect the limbs from excessive movements.

Studies have also shown that wearing a soft brace can contribute to improvements in proprioception by increasing stimuli on proprioceptors in the skin, muscles, and joint capsules.

Benefits of Proprioception

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The benefits of this can include a boost in physical function, better control of the involved joint, as well as reducing pain.

For those who enjoy sport and staying active, this can also aid performance as it boosts confidence and helping to reduce the risk of injury.

Compex Activ'® Range - Supports for Proprioception

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Compex Activ’® is a range of comfortable proprioceptive supports for everyday sport which covers the lower back, knee, ankle, calf, elbow and also the wrist.

The compression they provide boosts proprioception, the body’s in built sense of self awareness, which also promotes optimal balance and motion.

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We're on the side of athletes, amateurs and also ordinary people, from the search for improved performance to post injury recovery, from post-fatigue massage to pain treatment. Additionally, at Compex, we have just one goal: people's well being.

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