PhysioYoga is an approach to rehabilitation that integrates yoga principles and practices into physiotherapy, supporting a whole-person, biopsychosocial approach to your rehabilitation experience.
Physiotherapy is a regulated health care profession that uses evidence-informed best practice guidelines 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 healthcare professionals, physiotherapists 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 system of health that acknowledges, promotes and addresses the integration of the whole-person: the body, mind, emotions, breath and spirit, therefore supporting and progressing towards an overall lifestyle of health and well-being.
Licensed healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists who are trained to apply yoga principles and practices to an individual with specific health concerns or dysfunction, can offer a safe and evidence-informed approach to rehabilitation, using a biopsychosocialspiritual framework that promotes patient self-efficacy, empowerment and healing.
The Benefits of PhysioYoga
Physically, physiotherapy integrated with yoga may result in: improvement in mobility, strength, endurance, balance, body awareness, interoceptive awareness, circulation, respiratory function, bone health, reduction of pain, improved self management of pain and improved ability to self regulate. Mentally, improvements in concentration, self-awareness and sleep patterns may be experienced as well as reduction in the stress response and improvements in your ability to relax. Guiding and supporting you to connect to what you value most and to what is most meaningful to you is a vital part of this approach. The key benefit is consistent lifestyle progression towards overall health and well-being.
People who experience back and neck pain, musculoskeletal injuries (shoulders, hips, knees, etc), chronic or persistent pain, pelvic pain and chronic abdominal-pelvic pain related conditions like IBS or endometriosis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines/headaches, or urinary stress or urge incontinence, may benefit from PhysioYoga.
It is worthy to note the role PhysioYoga can also play in creating and progressing towards a state of overall 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.