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Joint compressions are a good exercise for children with sensory issues who are out of touch with their physical sense of self and need to regain their body awareness.

By pushing down numerous times (gently!) on the child’s joints on each part of his body, the child relearns the positions of and the sense of his limbs and head. It is also very calming for the child.

Parents learn to use this joint compression technique before bringing their child to a place or an event that may be crowded and noisy, or require the child’s best behavior. Providing this proprioceptive sense for the child will help him manage his reactions to the overstimulation and assist him in controlling his compulsive behaviors.

While OT’s regularly do joint compressions as part of a brushing regiment, the compressions alone have benefits too, the ones mentioned above.

Here are two demonstrations of joint compressions. (Notice they are a bit different from each other.)

For those who are new to this and have never heard of brushing, here’s a cute, quick demo:



  2 Responses to “Joint Compressions”

  1. Thank you for this! I just tried it with my son and I found it very, very helpful. He really enjoyed the first type. How many times a day would you say is a good amount to do this?

    • Hi Penny! 🙂 Welcome to Sensory and More.
      For children who really have trouble in this area, the protocol, I believe, is every two hours.
      I just read though, about a way of doing joint compressions that lasts all day. I’m going to update this page soon and let you know.

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