YOGA AND PHYSICAL THERAPY – A NATURAL FIT

Physical Therapy (PT) is a healthcare specialty involved with evaluating, diagnosing, and treating movement disorders impacting quality of life. Physical Therapists (PTs) apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion and relieve pain. PTs are required to receive a graduate degree – either a master’s degree or a clinical doctorate – from an accredited PT program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. Because PTs receive specialized education in a variety of sciences – physics, human anatomy, kinesiology (human movement), physiology-to name a few – they understand how the body works and how to get it moving again. They know how to manage all four of the body’s major systems – musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary (skin) – to restore and maximize mobility.

Given the depth of medical knowledge, the level of training and education in movement-related sciences, PTs with specialized training in yoga are uniquely positioned to effectively treat pain, movement and posture related problems using this ancient practice as one of their tools. Like other branches of modern medicine, the field of PT is (finally!) waking up to the wisdom and relevance of yoga. The paradigm that yoga is for the able-bodied, healthy individual is being shifted, and yoga asanas and pranayamas are increasingly used as a therapeutic tool in PT clinics. Traditional yoga is modified to accommodate the patient’s medical condition, age, body type, work/activity and mechanism of injury or disease processes.

When used therapeutically in the PT clinic, yoga can be modified to include the use of adaptations/props, breaking down big, complicated poses and movements into smaller steps and sub-steps. “Adaptive” yoga often involves use of devices such as chairs, straps, blocks, blankets, walls, sand bags, rungs and more. Furthermore, safe and effective intervention using yoga requires deep knowledge of movement mechanics, the working of the human body, knowledge of injury mechanisms and healing – all core PT competencies – as well as creativity and a working knowledge of Yoga.

Common Physical Therapy goals of enhancing strength, flexibility, balance, motor control, kinesthetic senses, posture and alignment can be impacted with the judicious use of yoga and certain yogic principles. For example, the mindfulness and visualizations of yoga are used to enhance body awareness, balance and alignment. The “holding” phase of the yoga asanas help to build isometric muscle power, tone muscles, perform active stretching of targeted muscle groups. The controlled transitions in and out of postures enhance coordination and motor control. By breathing into the postures, muscle spasms can be relaxed, and pain can be relieved. Synchronizing the breath with the movements further enhances oxygenation, and energy levels, leading to a feeling of wellbeing.

At Pros In Rehab, the modern developments in Physical Therapy are skillfully combined with relevant, time-tested yogic practices to provide a truly wholesome, rejuvenating, safe and healing experience for our clients. By modifying the yogic practices tailored to our patients, we address their dysfunction effectively and return them to living active, fulfilling lives. East does indeed meet west here!

 

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When Is Physical Therapy Needed for a child?

Doctors often recommend physical therapy for kids who have been injured or have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability. Physical Therapists are often able to relieve pain and help kids resume daily activities. After an injury, physical therapists teach kids exercises designed to help them regain strength and range of motion, and also show them how to prevent a recurring injury and move in a safe and effective manner.

Physical Therapy (PT) may be needed any time a child has difficulty moving in such a way that it limits daily activities or affects the child’s motor development. This includes a baby as young as 2 weeks old onwards. The Pediatric Physical Therapy specialist is trained and knowledgble in examining infants to detect muscle and movement  problems, right from the day the infant is born. They look for certain postures and specific ways that newborns and infants move to determine if there is an issue. This is usually age-dependent. The cause for movement deviations or delays in gaining motor milestones can be varied. However, the brain is known to be plastic and compliable, so chances of “getting back on track” can be very realistic, especially with early intervention services of a Physical Therapist. Of course, this is dependent on the cause of the problem, as determined by the pediatrician or the pediatric neurologist.

The Physical Therapist is able to treat the child for the specific disorder by using manipulation and handling techniques as well as guided play techniques and sensory stimulation designed specifically for the condition and stage the child/baby is at. Educating and training the parent is a big part of what the Physical Therapist does, so that the prescribed activities are understood and followed up in the child’s home environment.

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Healthy Lifestyle

Self Help Tips For a Pain-Free Life

Never push yourself past your own limit
Remember, each one of us has a certain limit. Always judge your limits, instinctively on a scale of 1 to 10. For example, 1 is relaxing on a Saturday reading the newspaper. 5 is carrying groceries. 8 is carrying groceries and walking up the stairs at a fast pace, while you are out of breath and 10 is 10 is a maximum effort, where your heart races faster than ever before.

As a general rule, never push yourself to beyond 6-7, especially if you have a prior injury or are recovering from an injury. Always push yourself under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist at Pros In Rehab Physical Therapy.

Be physically active
You must keep your bones, muscles and joints in a constant state of motion. Never resign yourself to the couch, or think that ‘exercise is not for me”. The best way to fight pain and recover from injury is to stay active and maintain your fitness level.

Stretch and strengthen your muscles at least twice a week.
Make sure your muscles are properly stretched and strengthened under the supervision of your physical therapist. It is common for aches and sprains to occur, as a direct result of muscles that are tight (inflexible) or weak.

 

 

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What to Avoid

We pride ourselves in quality and commitment towards our patients. You want to avoid facilities that are run like factories and take their time to schedule you or treat you the right way. You also want to avoid facilities with outdated equipment and therapists with little or no experience.

What sets us apart is our commitment to quality and reputation. We are known as the leading providers of physical therapy in our community and make every effort to uphold the highest standards in customer service. Our testimonials speak for themselves. We will provide you with personalized, individual care that you will not find in any other physicalt therapy facility, period.

 

 

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Where Does pain Come From

 There are several causes of pain, and they can be related to the mind, the body or caused by general stress. We live in a stressful world, and the most common causes of pain are:

1) Strain associated with day to day life
We live in a world that is increasingly stressful. Strain associated with professional or personal pressure can force additional strain on your overloaded, weak muscles. We make it a priority to strengthen your muscles in a systematic, progressive manner so you can finally live the pain free life that you deserve.

2) Anatomical problems associated with bones, discs
The wrong type of motion and lifting techniques can cause a breakdown of weak tissues. We teach you the best way to use your muscles and joint and enable you to move and function with optimum efficiency

3) Deterioration in joints
The gradual deterioration of joint integrity is an unfortunate effect of aging. Repeated motion associated with activities can cause muscle weakness and joint destruction, especially if an individual is overweight. We enable you to be become stronger and healthier, thereby minimizing the effects of joint deterioration.

 

 

 

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What is Physical Therapy

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who evaluate and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

The physical therapist as the person who helps patients function better and feel more confident. The Physical therapist is:

  • Known as: Coach/Teacher
  • Delivers: Knowledge
  • Offers: Independence
  • Focus: Understanding
  • Traits: Experts, advisers