Saturday, June 7, 2008

Dyslexia as a Proprioceptive Dysfunction Symptom

The authors who have shown success in treating dyslexia are those who are using proprioceptive entries for treatment. Many of them still ignore which exact entries they are using and they are searching for explanations that still remain inconsistent.

However, everything is very easy to explain for researchers that have a deep knowledge of the proprioceptive system: Balance and eye movement are related to the proprioceptive system. Results can be improved if a correct and systematic management is performed. In dyslexics, the neutral balance between agonist and antagonist muscles is not in the zero position. Balance training can help by reestablishing the zero position and providing a new proprioceptive input to the brain. This is the reason why balance training can help curing dyslexia.

However, this is an incomplete treatment. Many other proprioceptive entries must be managed in order to obtain excellent results. Only smooth balance is integrated in the proprioceptive system and cerebellum theory must be reviewed.

Reading disability is not the only symptom in dyslexics. Are these symptoms associated or are they symptoms of a syndrome where dyslexia is included? In 1979, Martins Da Cunha included DYSLEXIA in the Postural Defficiency Syndrome (PDS).

We know PDS is a consequence of a proprioceptive system dysfunction. We also know that reading disability disappears under specific PDS treatment. PDS is not a mechanic body distortion but an unconscious wrong body position due to faulty proprioceptive brain information. Wrong body position is just the tip of the iceberg regarding PDS. Cognitive dysfunctions, pain, unbalance, convergency insufficiency, hearing perception delay, and wrong space localization are only some of PDS's clinical manifestations. Our very long practice has shown that we can treat dyslexia by using the same technique used to treat PDS without dyslexia. This means that Developmental Dyslexia is a PDS condition where cognitive dysfunctions, including reading disabiltiy, are dominant symptoms.

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