There has recently been a surge in popularity of a type of rehabilitation service that some of us Physical Therapists are offering. The surge was a result of an article that was posted in “Yahoo! Shine” about how actress Kim Cattrall claimed “Fizzy Yoga” saved her life. She was referring to “PhysiYoga”, a term that her Physical Therapist uses to describe her brilliantly combined skills and services of physical therapy and yoga. Since I also offer the same type of therapy services, which I label as “PhysioYoga Therapy” (a combination of physical therapy & medical therapeutic yoga), the reporter contacted me and included a quote from our interview. This has led to an influx of inquiries that has been nearly impossible for me to keep up with the replies, so I thought I would answer the most common questions here in this month’s blog!
What is PhysiYoga? PhysiYoga, Physio Yoga, Yoga Physio, YogaPhysical Therapy, Medical Therapeutic Yoga and Professional Yoga Therapy, are just a few of the titles you may come across when physical therapists define and label the art and science of combining their physical therapy skills as licensed health care professionals with their years of training in yoga therapy or medical therapeutic yoga and ongoing self yoga practise. All of these titles can be interpreted as offering similar services; however, each physical therapist may slightly differ in their approach depending on the type of yoga therapy training or medical therapeutic yoga training they have received and experienced. So what IS Physio Yoga? As a collective group, we haven’t come up with a formal definition (or ever discussed or agreed upon what to even name it!) However, this is how I try to describe and define what we do: Physio Yoga Therapy is a type of rehabilitation therapy that combines two professions: (1) Physiotherapy (synonymous with ‘Physical Therapy’) and (2) Yoga Therapy or Medical Therapeutic Yoga. The combination of these two professions results in a more holistic approach to your rehabilitation experience. Physical Therapy is a well respected health care profession that uses evidence-based treatment methods to help clients restore and maintain optimal movement and function, as well as provide education on health maintenance and injury prevention. Read more