One of the most common questions I get from patients on a daily basis is “Doc is it okay if I do yoga?”
It’s such a difficult question to answer and the reason being just like most professions, yoga instructors each are different and their qualifications can be different. Not only are their qualifications and experience different but the types of yoga are different as well. Finally it should be considered also what is the patients particular injury, mechanism of injury involved in their back or neck pain, and would it benefit from yoga? I professionally recommend yoga and massage as great adjunctive therapies to helping patients achieve optimal health status. With that said it’s important that they do it the right time during treatment programs and starting too soon while their injury is too acute can often exacerbate and set them back in their recover. When they ARE ready for it there is much importance that they work very closely with their instructor letting them know specifically what is wrong and what movements they must avoid. And finally it’s very important that the instructor has a working knowledge in the area of different types of injuries that can happen and what might make these injuries worse.
Perfect example of a problem that seen in my office daily is a lumbar facet syndrome, doing Cobra pose with lumbar facet syndrome would make it exponentially worse.
Do you have a favorite yoga studio or instructor? If you do, what style of yoga do they practice and what is their knowledge in the areas of injuries or congenital conditions? Spondylolisthesis, disc herniation, facet arthropathy, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, cervical acceleration deceleration injury, bursitis, tendinitis, ankle sprain…
I would love to create a working relationship with some of the best instructors in the area to keep patients moving and pain free. Any instructors interested in increasing your knowledge of common injuries please feel free to reach out as well, I love to teach and create relationships with other professionals. Along with teaching I am a willing student since adding a little more yoga terminology to my lexicon would also be helpful so that when patients ask if they could do particular moves I understand what is involved.