U is for Upside Down

In the literal sense, being upside down is a great form of vestibular input. Many of our kiddos thrive on being tipped backwards, hanging from a swing, or doing somersaults to activate this sensory system. Many adults also seek out intense vestibular input through sports and hobbies like roller coasters, gymnastics, or swimming.

But being upside down can also apply to our extreme workload and productivity demands. These days it is hard to find an occupational therapist or student who is pressed due to demands, whether it be caseload, assignments, projects, documentation, or presentations.

This picture is from many years ago where an OT buddy and I went trapezing. We got some killer vestibular input and also had a nice break from work and all the demands that being a therapist puts on us.

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