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How yoga can help supplement your Wyoming physical therapy regime


September 11, 2019

So you’ve started physical therapy in Wyoming, what’s next? You might be looking for additional ways to supplement your physical therapy, and most physical therapists would even recommend light exercise. A great light exercise routine to start is yoga - it’s low impact, is relaxing, and can be done at your own pace. Here are a few ways that yoga can be a beneficial partner to your physical therapy regime.

Recovery Time
Yoga might be able to speed up your recovery time. Not only will it help get you moving, but yoga improves strength and flexibility without a lot of muscle strain. If you are achy, yoga can help to lessen your pain, give you more flexibility and even provide additional muscle stability.

Treatment
Besides helping treat your current issues, yoga can help treat multiple issues besides your immediate strain or problem you are facing. Try practicing very low impact stretches for beginners, and always consult your physical therapist before incorporating too many difficult exercises or exercises that could potentially harm your injury even further. 

Mind 
Exercise in general releases endorphins that can lead you to a happier, healthier, and ultimately omre relaxing life. Nothing can be better for your physical therapy (besides doing your exercises of course), then being relaxed and in a great mental state as you work towards recovery. A relaxed and positive mind does wonders towards managing your pain and recovery.

You might be wondering how to incorporate yoga into your physical therapy routine. As we’ve mentioned, consider consulting your physical therapist first. However, there are a few yoga moves you can start incorporating if you are anxious to get a jumpstart. 
  • Staff Pose: A staff yoga pose requires you to sit on the ground with your legs stretched out in front of you - taking deep breaths and working on your spine alignment.
  • Chair Pose: Squat as if you are sitting in a pose and place your arms straight above your head. Take deep breaths in and out while looking forward.
  • Downward Facing Dog: One of the more common poses, downward facing dog, involves you placing your feet and hands on the ground and placing your body in a “pike position,” once again focusing on spine alignment.

Everyone’s physical therapy regime varies, and it truly is based on your body. If you are interested in starting a yoga regime while completing a physical therapy regime be sure to contact your physical therapist. At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services. Contact us today for more information.