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PYT is a type of rehabilitation therapy that combines both evidence-based Physiotherapy and Yoga Therapy resulting in a more holistic approach
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A typical one hour PYT treatment session may include skilled physiotherapy manual techniques combined with active and facilitated therapeutic movement.
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Shelly is a Licensed Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist and a Certified Pilates Instructor. She received her Physical Therapy degree at the University of Saskatchewan
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Case Report: Physio + Therapeutic Yoga for an Individual with Persistent Pain

Case Report: Physio + Therapeutic Yoga for an Individual with Persistent Pain

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When I was invited to write a patient case report for the International Association of Yoga Therapists’ Spring 2016 special In Focus issue of Yoga Therapy Today magazine on Yoga Therapy in Pain Care, I was honoured, but knew it would be challenging to include all aspects and details of an individual’s assessment, planning, treatment, and outcomes within a word count limit.

I have been working with people suffering from persistent (chronic) pain for over over 18 years, using a combination of my skills, knowledge and experience as a physical therapist and medical yoga therapist. I am pleased to share this concise and brief review of a case report in hopes that it gives the reader a sense of how and why therapeutic yoga in conjunction with physiotherapy can be a safe and effective approach to helping an individual who is suffering from persistent pain.

The article outlines the individual’s assessment (history, subjective interview, physical observations, goals), treatment plan and outcome. There are some specific examples of techniques and methods used, as well as the patient’s testimony in his own words.

I hope you find this valuable and worth sharing with health care professionals, colleagues, patients, family, friends, and anyone suffering from persistent pain.  Part of my mission is to help healthcare professionals understand the profound efficacy and value that yoga has to offer when combined with rehabilitation in an evidence informed manner.

Enjoy the article and please feel free to comment below with any questions or comments that you think would serve or add to the reader’s experience! Access to the article is below:

Case Report: Yoga Therapy for an Individual with Persistent Pain


This entire Spring 2016 YTT issue focuses on pain rehabilitation through yoga therapy. Contributors to this issue include a variety of yoga therapists and healthcare professionals that have studied and teach about pain, pain science and that have trained and worked with people suffering from persistent pain for decades. It is a solid issue that explores a variety of options (and consequently, offers HOPE) for people in pain. You can access the full issue HERE

Other resources related to this topic:

“The Truth About Back Pain: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Treatment”

“Overcome Pain with Gentle Yoga Videos Now Available”

“Yoga, Neuroplasticity & Pain: New Hope for Self Empowerment + Healing” Webinar

“Neil Pearson: Blending Optimism + Scientific Research” by Sunlight in Winter

“Yoga for Pain” Blissology Talks interview

Pelvic Floor Galore! Resources for Creating Pelvic Floor Health Through Yoga

pelvic.awarenessWell, I am finally dedicating an entire post to all these pelvic floor health Physio Yoga resources I’ve been creating and accumulating over the years: writing, filming, interviewing, sharing!

I will keep this post updated and current, and add any resources I find valuable to share. This information is targeted towards people like you who are interested in learning more about and optimizing pelvic floor health through yoga: the general public, the yoga teacher, yoga therapist, health care professional, or anyone simply looking for more quality information and resources on creating pelvic floor health through Physio + Yoga.

The first resource is a great place to start: an article I wrote in the Winter 2016 Issue of the International Association of Yoga Therapists “Yoga Therapy Today” publication. It’s a concise summary of roles of the pelvic floor, factors influencing pelvic floor function, and how yoga fits in: Read more

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