What Is Physio-Yoga?



PhysioYoga Therapy is a type of rehabilitation therapy that combines both evidence-based Physical Therapy and Medical Therapeutic Yoga resulting in a holistic approach to your treatment experience.

Physical Therapy (or Physiotherapy) 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. As licensed health care professionals, physical therapists 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.

Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MTY) is used exclusively by licensed health care professionals who are trained to apply yoga principles and techniques to an individual with specific health concerns including acute or chronic illnesses or states of imbalance. MTY provides a safe and effective approach to healing, using a biopsychosocialspiritual approach that promotes self efficacy, empowerment and self healing.

Yoga is an ancient life system of health that promotes ‘union’ and connects body, mind, breath and spirit as one unit, therefore enhancing and promoting an overall balanced lifestyle of health and well-being.

The Benefits of PhysioYoga

When practiced regularly, the benefits are numerous. Physically, it may result in:  improvement in muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, body awareness, circulation, digestion, hormonal balance, respiration, immune function, bone strength, normalizing blood pressure, reduction or normalization of body weight, reduction of pain, improved self management of pain and improved ability to self regulate. Mentally, improvements in alertness, concentration and sleep patterns may be experienced as well as reduction in stress and anxiety and improvements in your ability to relax. The key benefit is an overall state of health and well-being.

Some of the common conditions addressed are:

Back and neck pain, musculoskeletal injuries (shoulders, hips, knees, etc), chronic or persistent pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, migraines/headaches, pregnancy, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, scoliosis, urinary stress or urge incontinence. It is worthy to note the role PhysioYoga plays in injury prevention and overall health and wellness!

“…you really treat the whole body instead of just attacking the “problem area” – resulting in approaching the process in a much more positive way – of turning my body into an instrument I can use as opposed to something broken to be fixed” A.P.

“….you taught me that it’s never one spot you need to work on, but everything as a whole; that breathing is essential, and less can be more; and that the state of mind is just as important as anything physical I do. My attitude towards self care has changed and I also learned that every effort I make, even if small, is worthy.” S.H.