Yoga and Physical Therapy
Most people don’t think of yoga as something that is connected to physical therapy. However, yoga is an effective way to manage a variety of conditions, maintaining flexibility and fostering movement. Yoga can be an important adjunct to physical therapy to relieve pain and aid in reducing the risk of injury.
Yoga is more than a means of relieving stress. It does relieve stress, but it is also an effective way to reduce high blood pressure, improve circulation and stimulate the immune system, and ease the pain in a variety of chronic conditions.
Yoga can be performed by individuals of any age and is particularly effective for people with neurological conditions and joint disease. It promotes better sleep and is beneficial for those engaged in programs for anger management, smoking cessation, and substance abuse. Yoga combined with physical therapy is a complete wellness solution. It is beneficial for rehabilitation, improving balance, coordination, and motor skills.
Yoga Spans Centuries
Yoga has been practiced for centuries and experts in different parts of the world have made minor modifications to the execution of yoga. However, the goal remains the same – to align the body and mind. Specific physical positions are used to benefit musculoskeletal health and posture and promote breathing control.
One of the lesser known therapeutic advantages of yoga is its ability to affect mental and emotional health. These are necessary ingredients for successful recoveries and rehabilitation. Yoga aids in relieving anxiety and depression following injuries, during rehabilitation and prolonged recovery times.
Physical therapists at Activbody Physical Therapy in Orange, CA can identify and improve range of motion, strength, stability and posture using scientifically validated strategies, procedures, and techniques. Yoga can provide the ‘psychological foundation’ for long term health and treatment and is a valuable adjunct to the evidence-based approach of physical therapy.
Combining Physical Therapy and Yoga
Depending upon the patient and their individual needs, yoga can be combined with skilled physical therapy. It is effective as a biofeedback tool to assist patients in monitoring and improving a sense of well-being.
As a combination, yoga and physical therapy can address an individual’s medical condition, injury or dysfunction. The result is improved body awareness and flexibility with a boost in balance and coordination
Ask your physical therapists at Activbody Physical Therapy in Orange, CA if combination therapy such as yoga and physical therapy is right for you. Our goal is the same as yours – to help you live a happy, healthy and productive life. Let’s use the most cutting edge science about human anatomy and function (physical therapy) and centuries worth of movement psychology (yoga) and find the plan that works best for you. Call us today to learn more!
Fall Risk Testing and Concussion Baseline Testing at ActivBody PT
ActivBody Physical Therapy is now one of only two locations in Orange County who offers the Biodex Balance and Concussion Management Program.This program gives us the ability to test an athlete for a baseline balance reading and save the data. Then if the athlete suffers a suspected concussion we can re evaluate and test the athlete and compare them to their own baseline test to help determine when it is safe to return to play. Many high schools and teams use online concussion testing only. This tests an athletes cognition but fails to evaluate the brains response in terms of balance recovery. Balance is often one of the last parameters to return to normal after a head injury. Returning to play too early is very risky. We are making baseline tests available at a very minimal cost to all parents with athletes in hich concussion risk sports. These are hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer and womens basketball.
We are also now offering an important computerized Fall Screening and Prevention Program for adults. This program allows us to help identifiy if you or a loved on is at high risk for a fall and injury. Dont let this happen needlessly.