Yoga As Physical Rehabilitation and Functional Therapy

Yoga As Physical Rehabilitation and Functional Therapy

While Chiropractic care has been demonstrated to be a very effective and safe treatment for many conditions, improvement in patient outcomes are often more rapid and longer lasting when exercises, stretching and rehabilitation are provided. This is why your doctors at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic often recommend stretches, exercises and home care activities in addition to chiropractic manipulation and manual therapies.

Doctors of Chiropractic receive extensive training in physical rehabilitation protocols, exercises and stretches.  Generally speaking, yoga is consistently found to be as effective, if not more effective, as exercise and/or physical therapy for physical ailments and mental health treatments for certain conditions, such as anxiety and depression. 

Relevant to chiropractic care, a recent 2016 Randomized Clinical Trial revealed that "Yoga is not inferior to Physical Therapy (PT) for low back pain", both showing improved outcomes. While this research used PT as control and reported that yoga was “not inferior”, the body of the research showed that, among people that were compliant (attended assigned treatments), yoga demonstrated reduced pain and improved function compared to PT provided and supervised by a licensed physical therapist. The results could have easily been published to read “yoga out-performs Physical Therapy for low back pain and function". Another large systematic review, published in 2016, found yoga to be safe and effective for chronic low back pain. Additionally, yoga has been shown to confer added benefit and more rapid recovery with balance following a stroke; we believe that results showing balance and functional improvements post-stoke may correlate to similar conditions such as brain injuries, concussion and motor vehicle accidents.

By combining the individual physical assessment provided by a doctor with considerations for posture, movement patterns, fascia patterns, pain patterns, as well as areas of tension and weakness, he can significantly improve patient outcomes and provide patients with the tools required for self care and prevention by offering yoga as functional physical rehabilitation. 

If you have any questions about yoga for physical rehabilitation or are a provider considering referring your patient for physical rehabilitation yoga, you are invited to speak with the doctors by calling Gallatin Valley Chiropractic.



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