What is the difference between physiotherapy, yoga therapy and medical therapeutic yoga?
Medical Therapeutic Yoga is type of rehabilitation therapy that combines the medical model of physiotherapy with the broad approach of yoga, resulting in a more holistic and integrated model of care and health.
Physiotherapy is a well respected health care profession that uses evidence-based treatment methods to help clients restore and maintain their movement and function, as well as provide education on health maintenance and injury prevention. As licensed health care professionals, physiotherapists have extensive training and knowledge about how the body functions. Specialized manual skills are used to assess, diagnose and treat a variety of injuries, disease symptoms and disabilities. As a physiotherapist, I have experienced first hand some of its limitations, these include; appointments are too short or rushed, the therapist is often trying to juggle multiple patients at once, the focus is limited to the physical body only, or limited to one area or joint and treatment is focused on symptom relief and doesn’t address the root causes.
Yoga Therapy applies yoga principles and techniques to treat acute or chronic injury, illness and disease. Yoga is an ancient system of health that enables you to use your body, mind, and spirit in unity to live in better balance. It is a rapidly growing profession that has resulted from the popularity of yoga in the western world. Yoga therapy is considered a complementary alternative medicine and is not a regulated health care profession. This means there are no minimum standards that ensure therapist education, qualifications or patient safety. It is also important to note that not all aspects of traditional yoga have proved to be accurate or helpful, based on what we now know about the body and the lifestyles that we lead.
The combination of PHYSIO and YOGA is a powerful synergy that ensures a safe, effective and integrated approach to your health and wellbecoming. It takes the best of physiotherapy with the best of yoga as therapy. All dimensions of health are addressed, patients get the quality one on one time they need and are empowered not only to get over their injury, but to reach their optimum health potential.
Is this approach right for me?
This approach is probably a good fit for you if:
- you are experiencing pain, acute or chronic, and want to do something about it
- you have (or have had) an injury and are apprehensive about returning to your usual activities
- you are new to yoga but you find the yoga class setting intimidating or overwhelming
- you want to establish or deepen your personal yoga practice
- you are an experienced yogi plagued with injuries, aches and pains
- you have been disenchanted with the limitations of traditional physiotherapy
- you haven’t been feeling great about your overall health and fitness and want to do something about it
- you want to be proactive and preventative about your health
With yoga as therapy, clients are empowered to take care of their current health situation and positively influence their health future. The only requirement is a caring attitude towards your own health. Everyone can benefit from physio-yoga. I treat adults of all ages, all ability levels and any stage of injury. If you think physio-yoga is right for you, book an appointment today.
What can I expect?
You can expect to spend a full hour of one-on-one time together, starting with a thorough medical history and functional movement assessment. You can also expect to delve deeper than the biomedical approach of diagnosis and treatment, to look for the root causes of, and contributing factors to pain, dysfunction and disease. We will also spend time developing a plan for how to move forward to address these issues. This might include hands on treatment or release techniques, intramuscular stimulation (IMS) needling, breath work, an asana or home exercise program as well as education on lifestyle and nutrition. Follow ups after your first appointment might vary in frequency or length depending on your needs, but will always maintain quality above the industry standard.
In a standard physiotherapy clinic you likely spend about 15-20 minutes with an actual physical therapist. All too often, you spend the majority of your time racing through a list of exercises with an assistant or receive treatment via machines including heat, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation, which are often not supported by the latest scientific evidence. I do NOT operate in this type of hurried environment.
What are the benefits?
When practiced regularly, there are numerous benefits to yoga. It is a well designed breath and movement practice to keep you healthy. You can improve your muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, postural alignment, body awareness, circulation, digestion, hormonal balance, respiration, immune function, strengthen bones, normalize blood pressure and reduce or normalize body weight. Mentally, you can improve your alertness, concentration, sleep patterns; reduce stress and anxiety and improve your ability to relax. The key benefit is an overall state of health and wellbeing and potential injury and disease prevention.
Some of the common conditions addressed are:
Back and neck pain, musculoskeletal injuries (shoulders, hips, knees, elbows etc), longstanding or chronic pain, arthritis and osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, migraines/headaches, anxiety, scoliosis, incontinence.
How do I get started?
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