How our Senses work together: An example
In order for the body to work in harmony all of these senses need to work fluidly with each other. When there is a disruption of harmony to one or more of these senses the body can often have conflicting messages which can affect a person in many ways.
We often need more than one sense to carry out activities or tasks for example: Walking to a chair and sitting at a table – You need your sight to be able to see where you are going, you need your proprioceptive system to know where your body position is in relation to where you want to go. You need your vestibular system to navigate your body to the position of the chair and to manipulate your limbs fluidly so you don’t lose balance to sit down. You need the sense of touch to know when you are sitting.
The body has receptors all over – in the joints, muscles, tendons and so doing physical activities presents the body with opportunities to get feedback (or stimulation) to these receptors and feed the brain messages.
Sometimes these receptors need extra or less stimulation – In the cases where someone needs extra stimulation activities that pull, push and add resistance will add stimulation and activate their proprioceptor system.
A person who might need extra stimulation may exhibit symptoms such as:
Like being squeezed, enjoys massages, likes being wrapped, likes repetitive motions like rocking or shaking of the head, they may like to chew a lot for example their clothes.
Sometimes less stimulation is needed, a person whose central nervous system is not fully developed might experience conflicting information for example heightened pain/discomfort from a light touch or clothing feeling uncomfortable.
A person who might need less stimulation may present symptoms such as:
Not liking to be touched or held too long may get irritated by tags on clothes, hats on heads or hair accessories. May not like to be covered with a blanket, may dislike grooming activities- trimming nails, hair cuts, baths/showers as the sensory input is just too overwhelming. What might be tolerable for others could cause extreme anxiety to someone who is extra sensitive to these sensations.