Pushing Boundaries in Physiotherapy: TEDx Talk by Shelly Prosko
As a Physiotherapist and Professional Yoga Therapist for the past 19 years, I am aware of the therapeutic benefits of yoga and some of the limitations of our current healthcare system and I teach other healthcare providers about the integration of yoga into our healthcare system on a regular basis. However, after sustaining a traumatic orthopedic injury myself, I had the opportunity to be a patient and experience first hand what it was like to go through our healthcare system.
Even though I was discharged from the ER and told that rehabilitation wouldn’t start for another 2 months, I knew there were many aspects of my recovery that still needed to be addressed to optimize healing. I knew I could, and would, immediately start my own form of rehab using yoga as my therapy in a safe, modified and evidence based way, which included integrating the knowledge, skills and experience I have as a physiotherapist as well.
The first few weeks after any injury is so important for healing. All of our physiological systems must be given the opportunity to function optimally in order to heal to our highest potential. This means we must offer an environment that is conducive to healing: one that promotes a sense of safety for the nervous system which results in tissue repair and healing all aspects of our existence after any trauma (regardless of ‘intensity’ or perceived level of the trauma). In orthopedic rehab we typically just focus on the physical layer (kosha). However, the other 4 layers of our existence are equally important to address, even in the acute stages post-injury (mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual). This biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to all divisions of therapy is essential if we want to treat the whole person instead of the diagnosis.
I felt a responsibility to share this message while recovering from my own injury, as this is part of my life mission: to integrate yoga therapy into our modern healthcare system by inspiring, empowering and educating people through wisdom, love, truth and joy.
I had the honour of giving a TEDx talk about “Pushing the Boundaries in Physical Therapy” where I share my story and outline how and why I successfully used yoga as part of my rehabilitation. There is a 5 min guided body scan meditation that I shared with the audience at the end; so you can enjoy that as well HERE
I started a YouTube Channel that follows my progress using ‘PhysioYoga’ in the rehabilitation of my Achilles Tendon Rupture on Dec.22, 2013.
I also wrote a short blogpost in “Yoga for Healthy Aging” BlogSpot about the injury and how I used yoga in the acute stages of recovery: “Sudden Acute Traumatic Injury”
Here is a summary of videos from day 7 to 8 months post rupture. My intention is to shed light on what rehabilitation can optimally look like, to increase awareness of health care professionals and patients, and to help those recovering from any injury to feel inspired, empowered and offer hope and support; especially in the initial stages when often times rehab has not yet been initiated. Please share with anyone you think may benefit: