What Is PhysioYoga?



PhysioYoga Therapy is an approach to rehabilitation that combines evidence informed Physical Therapy and yoga therapy, resulting in a holistic or biopsychosocial approach to your rehabilitation experience.

Physical Therapy (or Physiotherapy) is a well respected health care profession that uses evidence informed treatment methods to help clients restore and maintain optimal movement and function, provide pain rehabilitation and pain care, as well as provide education on health creation, maintenance and injury prevention. As licensed health care professionals, physical therapists have extensive training and knowledge about how the body functions and the pathophysiology of a variety of dysfunctions. Specialized skills are used to assess, diagnose and treat individuals suffering from a variety of injuries, disease symptoms and disabilities.

Yoga is an ancient life system of health that promotes ‘union’ and recognizes and addresses the oneness of the body, mind, breath and spirit, therefore enhancing and promoting an overall balanced lifestyle of health and well-being.

Licensed health care professionals who are trained to apply yoga methods and philosophy to an individual with specific health concerns or dysfunction, can offer a safe and effective approach to healing, using a biopsychosocialspiritual framework that promotes patient self efficacy, empowerment and self healing.

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 the stress response and in 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.