PhysioYoga Therapy differs from yoga or yoga therapy, because it is delivered by licensed physical therapists. As physical therapists, we have extensive training, knowledge, and clinical experience to have the competency to assess, diagnose and create treatment plans for people who suffer from a variety of injuries, dysfunctions, disease symptoms, disabilities and imbalances. We also have training and the license to use specialized manual skills in addition to a variety of other methods as part of treatment intervention. PhysioYoga Therapy differs from traditional physical therapy intervention, because it uses yoga (as described above) to guide the treatment approach, which can result in a more holistic approach to healing. The focus is placed more on patient self empowerment and self healing.
One of the main reasons that PhysioYoga Therapy has been effective for my clients, I believe, is because it empowers my client to take an active approach to create their own health, instead of the passive ‘fix it’ approach that our current health care system has a tendency to promote.
What are the benefits of PhysioYoga Therapy? Yes, there are a plethora of benefits that can be experienced and enjoyed with this type of approach. However, my hope is that we all can appreciate that there are many factors that influence whether or not any form of treatment intervention has certain benefits associated with it. Therapeutic results can vary from person to person and can depend on pre-existing and current conditions, mind-body awareness, dedication to one’s practise, mindset, personality, current lifestyle situation, personal choices, and of course, the type of guidance being received from the therapist and the relationship between the therapist and patient. Remember this is a journey of self-discovery and wellness; not a one or two session ‘cookie cutter’ exercise program or series of yoga poses as a prescription for your specific condition!
Some of the benefits that PhysioYoga therapy can offer are:
Physically, it can improve muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, postural body and breath awareness, circulation, digestion, hormonal balance, respiration, immune function, bone strength, normalization of blood pressure and normalization of body weight. Mentally, it can improve your alertness, concentration, sleep patterns; reduce stress and anxiety and improve your ability to relax. It may even help with self-regulation which may result in improved resiliency and more healthy responses to stress. There may also be social and spiritual (meaning, purpose, sense of peace) benefits that have been shown to be important determinants of overall health and well-being. This is just a small list of many more benefits that physioyoga, physiyoga, yoga therapy may offer. The key benefit is an overall state of health and well-being.
Some of the common conditions addressed are:
**It is important to note that PhysioYoga Therapy is NOT treating a condition, rather, it is addressing the PERSON that is experiencing symptoms and has a certain condition. There is a big difference between the two. We are facilitating the journey to health and well-being of PEOPLE, rather than ‘treating a diagnosis.’ It is “PhysioYoga for the person, not the diagnosis.”
That said, people who experience back and neck pain, other musculoskeletal injuries (shoulders, hips, knees, etc), chronic or persistent pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, pelvic pain disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, migraines/headaches, pregnancy, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, scoliosis, urinary stress or urge incontinence, may benefit from PhysioYoga Therapy.
It is worthy to note the role that PhysioYoga also plays in injury prevention and overall health and wellness! Dr. Timothy McCall, has recently published a list of 75 health conditions that yoga has benefited that has been supported by research. This is a noteworthy list. An entire organization and many dedicated individuals and groups have been working hard for several years, some for even decades, in efforts to bridge the gap between therapeutic yoga and our current healthcare system.
There is currently an online public directory of “PhysioYoga” Therapists (Licensed Physical Therapists using Yoga as therapy) across North America: www.fizzyyoga.info