Since we started offering the Medical Therapeutic Yoga at Rebalance, some patients and medical practitioners have asked us, “What is Medical Therapeutic Yoga and how is it different than regular physical therapy?”
Medical Therapeutic Yoga goes hand-in-hand with Rebalance’s Integrative Physical Therapy, which looks at the person as a whole, rather than just the body and its systems, to assess and treat the ailment.
At Rebalance, our evaluation includes questions about your personal interests, level of stress, diet, general life satisfaction as well as how your physical dysfunction affects these things. Medical Therapeutic Yoga adds another dimension to the plan of care for treatment.
Here’s how Integrative PT and Medical Therapeutic Yoga compare to a traditional physical therapy session for a hip injury:
Ultimately, the goal is to integrate a holistic solution to improving your overall health and wellness of which the injury is a part. Self-care in this therapy model is more than just exercises for the problem but treatment of the person whose pain could be a manifestation of or exacerbated by other health issues.
The holistic approach can help you identify factors in your life that are exacerbating or even causing your pain. For example:
Your integrative/MYT PT will also instruct you in yoga movement principles that you can apply to everyday activities, such as getting up and down from a chair.
The ultimate goal would be to give you a movement routine so that you could reproduce with things you do during the day, as well as apply these same principles to a personal yoga practice. Even if you have never done yoga before, the goal would be to help you to apply the principles of yoga to better your overall physical and mental health.
Everyone, regardless of age, flexibility or health issue can benefit from yoga. It is a form a physical medicine that when dosed correctly, can benefit everyone of us.
Contact us at Rebalance 267-282-1301 and Stephanie Muntzer would be happy to speak with you and give you more information about treatment specific to your condition.
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