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The Role of Proprioceptors (Stretch receptors) in Maintaining Balance and Coordination

31 May

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There are stretch receptors in the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the body. When these receptors are stimulated by being stretched or compressed , they send out nervous impulses to the brain or the spinal cord.These stretch receptors act as internal sensory organs and are called proprioceptors. These proprioceptors enable us to carry out muscular activities without having to watch them and also coordinate the movement and maintain balance. Proprioceptors are involved in many of our daily activities, such as walking, buttoning the shirt, typing and cycling.

 

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