Benefits of Yoga

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

As part of your physical therapy program, you may be considering a variety of treatments to help obtain better mobility and function. Most likely you have heard of yoga, but you may not be familiar with its benefits, particularly in relation to physical rehabilitation.

Yoga is a therapeutic complement to physical therapy that can help improve strength, flexibility and fitness, while also allowing you to maintain joint stability. It can assist with recovery from various injuries, including sports-related conditions. An important goal of any treatment regimen is to facilitate injury management. Yoga supports this by:

 

  • Promoting independent movement and functioning;
  • Providing stress relief through its deep breathing component; and
  • Helping you maintain a healthy body weight.

 

Yoga also creates an awareness of the body as well as any areas of stiffness, weakness and imbalance that may contribute to pain and injury. It is considered a gentle and low-risk way to deal with long-term conditions. Some of the beneficial effects of yoga include:

 

  • Better posture;
  • Increased flexibility in muscles and joints
  • Reduced pain and stiffness.

 

There are many styles of yoga, and the differences between each are in how you align the body or how you move from one posture to another. The pace and breathing of each yoga style varies as well, but the common goal shared by all forms of yoga is the same—to enhance physical function.  Some popular forms of yoga include:

 

  • Ashtanga: a faster, aerobic style;
  • Bikram: performed in a heated room; and
  • Iyengar: uses props to compensate for lack of flexibility.

 

If you are interested in trying yoga, contact Western Berks Physical Therapy to review what type of class would be appropriate for you. By properly integrating yoga into your lifestyle, your enjoyment of this activity can be enhanced.