Physiotherapist and Certified Clinical Yoga Teacher – Caro Cuypers recently started to offer Clinical Yoga as a new “tool” to help her patients get better.
We got the expert in to help answer the most common questions relating to Clinical Yoga and how patients can benefit from it 😉
What is Clinical Yoga?
Clinical Yoga is a form of yoga, where specific poses are selected to address the root cause of a certain condition. There is a high focus on alignment and muscle activation to ensure that each pose is performed safely and to achieve maximum health benefits.
How Can We Define Its Success?
To understand the health benefits of Clinical Yoga on injury prevention and recovery, you need to understand how most injuries are caused in the first place. Most of the conditions we treat are progressive injuries (caused over time) rather than acute injuries (because of a sudden injury).
For progressive conditions, the source is almost always a combination of 4 things:
- Lack of awareness (bad habits, bad posture, etc.)
- Lack of flexibility
- Lack of control
- Lack of strength.
The inclusion of these four elements is therefore key for success in preventing injuries or for faster recovery. And Yoga, is one of the few types of workout that actually implements the above elements all at once.
How Is Clinical Yoga Different from Regular Yoga?
The Clinical Yoga sessions at PhysioActive are taught by a certified Physiotherapist who will perform a thorough assessment and history intake prior to the activity.
Based on the assessment, the physiotherapist will then draw up a tailored program including specific exercises to address your condition and the underlying problems.
Another difference with regular yoga classes is also that there will be much more focus on muscle engagement and alignment. The physiotherapist will constantly check your form and make adjustments when necessary.
Why Do You Believe That Your Patients Will Benefit from Clinical Yoga?
I started practicing yoga since I moved to Singapore 3.5 years ago. Very quickly, I felt the benefits of practicing regular yoga on my body in terms of flexibility, control, strength and especially, awareness.
Even today, many physiotherapy clinics still offer a passive treatment approach. Patients come in with a certain condition and they trust their healthcare professional to cure them magically or to use a fixed formula for each condition.
Unfortunately, this fixed formula doesn’t exist, no matter how experienced you are as a physiotherapist. The reason for this is that each individual case is different even if the symptoms present itself in a similar area. Short term improvements can most certainly be felt with passive treatments (massage therapy, manual therapy, medication, etc.) but to make long term improvements and even eradicate the problem, we will need to get to the root cause.
On a side note, that also doesn’t mean that manual therapy is useless. Most patients need some form of manual therapy to desensitise the tissues first (to take away the pain first) before they can start to address the underlying issues!
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