Yoga as a Supplement to Physiotherapy
Everybody has heard about yoga. It began as a traditional spiritual practice and now has become a mainstream form of exercise for millions. In fact, some people do it for their wellness and some do it in conjunction with physiotherapy to prevent injuries and as part of their rehabilitation. Hence, today we would like to share how yoga can supplement physiotherapy.
What is Yoga?
It is known as a Hindu spiritual and mental practice that includes breathing control, meditation, and the adoption of specific poses. While modern yoga focuses on physical poses and is sometimes thought of as a form of exercise.
Yoga as a supplement to physiotherapy
In fact, yoga complements physiotherapy because they share underlying concepts like a holistic approach toward one’s health and well-being.
A lot of injuries happen gradually because for a lot of us who live a sedentary lifestyle, we lack mobiliy, flexibility, postural awareness, and strength. Yoga can help prevent such injuries through:
- improving range of motion
- increasing flexibility
- strengthening weakened muscles
- alleviating pain
- enhancing the patient’s general function
- injury prevention.
In addition, it is also effective in treating chronic low back pain. It helps maintain back strength and flexibility which is commonly beneficial among older adults. Furthermore, slow movements and proper breathing control help in improving the emotional aspect of back pain and alleviating anxiety and depression
Through her clinical experience, she then gained valuable experience in treating professional dancers and gymnastics athletes. Her interest in pre and post-natal physiotherapy was piqued as she finds women having difficulties maintaining an active lifestyle pre and post-childbirth. She then pursued a STOTT Rehab Pilates Instructor certification to help with this group and women. She also highlights her belief that prevention is a better way to handle injuries.