Have you ever heard of the Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique (DPPT)? If you have sensory problems, this therapy is one you should understand. This post explains the reasons why the Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique is effective at providing relief for people with sensory disorders/conditions.
What is the Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique?
Disability Living has been blogging about sensory disorders for the past few days. Conditions such as sensory processing disorder and sensory defensiveness affect many people in Canada as well as throughout the world. Thankfully there are many different types of treatments for people with sensory problems. One of those treatments is the Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique.
The Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique (or Wilbarger Protocol) was developed by Patricia Wilbarger. “The Wilbarger Protocol is a therapy program designed to reduce sensory or tactile defensiveness.” This technique applies “deep pressure” to an individual using a spacial surgical brush.
How does the DPPT work?
The Wilbarger Protocol has an affect upon the proprioceptive sense, the vestibular sense, and the tactile sense. “These three systems, when working properly, are extremely important in neural organization.” The deep pressure that is applied to these senses can cause an individual to feel calmer and more balanced. In fact, “Deep touch pressure/proprioceptive input works to calm, regulate, and organize the central nervous system.” This explains why the Wilbarger Protocol is helpful in relieving sensory discomfort. Some people even report a lessening of Autism symptoms as a result of using the Wilbarger Protocol.
What does the Wilbarger Protocol look like?
To learn what the Wilbarger Protocol looks like when administered to an individual, visit http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/The_SPD_Companion-Wilbarger-Protocol.html. Remember that the information provided at this link is not instructional. Rather, it exists to give you an idea of what the protocol entails.
Do not attempt the Wilbarger Protocol on your own!
It is very important that you do not attempt the Wilbarger Protocol independently of an occupational therapist. This is because, if done incorrectly, the Wilbarger Protocol could cause negative side effects and/or be “uncomfortable.” An occupational therapist that has been trained in this technique can teach you to properly administer it to yourself or your child so that it provides good results.
Learn more about the Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique by visiting http://www.thetherapyplace.net/newsletter/3_2.htm.
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Let’s Talk About It
Do you use the Wilbarger Protocol on yourself or your child? Has it helped with sensory problems?
Why do you think it is important to only perform the Wilbarger Protocol under the supervision of an occupational therapist?