As long as the Physiotherapist has proper training and adequate credentials, the integration of Physiotherapy plus Yoga Therapy is safe. Physiotherapy is a regulated healthcare profession. As Physiotherapists, we must adhere to our Standards of Practice Act and follow our scope of practice and ethics and jurisprudence guidelines to ensure safety and efficacy. A Physiotherapist/yoga therapist will always individually assess and develop a specialized treatment plan to address your specific needs. Not all yoga practices are safe or appropriate for everyone. Yoga practices and physio exercises are modified to adapt to each individual’s need. The knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology and the extensive training of a registered Physiotherapist ensures the assessments and treatments are safe and effective. Furthermore, a registered healthcare professional, such as a Physiotherapist, is well trained to know when it is necessary to make a referral to a specialist or back to your physician.
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It can be. This service is provided by a Registered Physiotherapist, therefore, if your Health Benefits Plan covers physiotherapy then you can submit your official receipt for reimbursement. The amount reimbursed will depend on the type of Plan you have. Please check your Plan for Physiotherapy coverage.
No. In the Province of Alberta you do not need a referral from a Physician to see a Registered Physiotherapist, therefore, a referral is not required for this type of Physiotherapy that integrates yoga, as it is delivered by a Registered Physiotherapist. However, some Health Insurance Plans require a Physician’s referral in order to reimburse you. Please check if your Plan requires this.
Your first Physio-Yoga Therapy session will include a complete physiotherapy assessment so that an individualized treatment plan can be developed to accurately address your specific needs and valued goals. The assessment includes an in depth interview (which I like to call your ‘narrative review’) and a thorough physical examination to assess movement, breathing, awareness and how these may be relevant to your pain, condition or other issue(s). Sometimes special physical tests commonly used in physiotherapy (non-invasive) are indicated to help make a physiotherapy diagnosis as appropriate.
The recommended treatment plan is created, reviewed and discussed together.
The treatment length of your first session will depend on the length of time taken for your assessment. 1.5 hours is the total time for the first session.
Your goals and individual needs are always addressed. All Physio-Yoga Therapy follow up visits are 1.25 hours, one on one.
Currently I am not offering specialty group classes.
An initial assessment is required prior to participating in a specialty class to determine each client’s readiness for the class setting. It is recommended that some people participate in a few private sessions prior to attending the class; whereas others are appropriate to begin the class immediately. This will be discussed with the Physiotherapist at the time of your assessment.
This widely varies from person to person and completely depends on pre-existing and current conditions, mind-body awareness, dedication to your practise, mindset, personality, current lifestyle situation and personal choices. Remember this is a journey of self-discovery and wellness; not a cookie cutter exercise program for your specific condition.
Typically, beginners may attend 6-8 sessions in the first 3-4 months, then decrease the frequency depending on their needs. As one progresses, they may attend 1x/month, then less frequent. More experienced yoga practitioners may only attend 3-4 times per year as an opportunity to deepen their yoga practise in a private setting. Eventually, you have an independently sustainable practise that you can learn to progress on your own, and compliment with classes, workshops, retreats, or occasional private sessions as you see fit.
The goal is to inspire, educate, and empower you to take an active approach to your rehabilitation or health maintenance program. Regular home practise is essential and will be encouraged. The benefits will be evident both on and off your mat in the early stages of a devoted practise.
**However, in order for your home practise to be effective, it must be performed safely, appropriately, and be unique to your specific needs. This takes time to develop. Therefore, those signing up for “just one visit to get some exercises”, will likely not gain the benefits that Physio-Yoga Therapy can ideally provide.
No. The uniqueness of this integrated approach requires time. More time allows you to share your concerns with me, allows me time to listen to you, reflect, ask questions, address your needs, and to inform the treatment path and process, without us needing to rush. More time allows you to fully experience the mind-body practices and optimize the potential physiological and psychological benefits yoga has to offer. If you prefer short treatment sessions, then this is not the treatment model for you.
Please contact Shelly Prosko in order to schedule your first Physio-Yoga Therapy session.