Legacy Rehab Now Offering Yoga Classes
Legacy Rehabilitation Group is now offering yoga classes every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. at our main clinic in Golden Valley, MN! We are partnering with Samadhi Yoga MPLS to bring a variety of styles so you can explore the depths of your body, mind, and understanding of yoga. Classes are open to all levels and the first one is FREE!
So why are we doing this? Well, we believe that yoga can complement physical therapy as a pain management solution. Now, it’s important to note that for some, yoga may not be a safe and plausible option. For example, if you’re recovering from shoulder surgery, performing even simple poses that incorporate shoulder strength and movement may prove to be challenging, painful and detrimental to your recovery.
The practice of yoga has been on the rise for years now and is making an impact on conventional physical therapy. According to the National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health, 21 million U.S. adults participate in some form of yoga – doubling in size over the last 15 years. While it is relatively new in the West, yoga is well-established in many countries and older than “Western” medicine – originating in the East thousands of years ago. Yoga incorporates meditations, breathing exercises, and self-reflection, along with body alignment work and balance poses to foster physical, mental, and spiritual health.
While all societies have medical treatments and techniques based on their culture, philosophy, and religion, yoga has seen highly promising research – particularly related to physical therapy and pain management in a variety of conditions. It’s important to understand that the exact therapeutic effects of yoga, either exclusively or in addition to physical therapy, is still currently being explored. But here are a few ways that yoga can be a strong complement to physical therapy.
Improved Muscle Response
All muscles are covered by fascia, a strong connective tissue that surrounds and separates muscles. Fascia is adaptive and plays a role in posture, movement, and sometimes even pain, after an injury or surgery. Within fascia, there are receptors that are part of the nervous system, and relay information about movement. Yoga poses stimulate this tissue, promoting adaptation that may not be efficiently addressed with single joint exercises.
There is some evidence that supports combining yoga and physical therapy may yield favorable results in recovery. A study by Nilima Bedekar (2012) examined physical therapy with the addition of yoga in patients following total knee replacement surgeries, and found that the combination leads to improved pain relief, less stiffness, and improved overall function.
Treat Multiple Problems
While strange, but true, seemingly unrelated impairments in unrelated body parts may contribute to a primary complaint. For example, hip weakness or poor ankle flexibility often plays a role in knee pain. When injured, a physical therapist will look at more than just the problem area and will assess multiple joints to target their treatment. Often, these muscle deficiencies in various locations can be challenged by a single yoga pose. For instance, child’s pose can target shoulder, back, and hip mobility promoting a more complete treatment. This allows the therapist to utilize more effective exercises and address multiple problems simultaneously.
Body and Mind
The physical component of yoga is one of its many branches. Strong research is emerging in the field of psychology supporting the use of meditation and yoga to help address distressful emotional states including anxiety, depression, trauma, and pain. Pain, especially when chronic, is more than just a physical irritation to the body. Psychological factors often contribute to symptoms. Incorporating yoga philosophies in certain populations might have a powerful effect in regulating pain and improving well-being.
Unroll Your Mat and Let’s Flow
Interested in giving it a try? Sign up for a yoga class. And if you want to give physical therapy a shot, we offer free consultations. You can make an appointment by calling us at 763-267-6654.