Low Back Pain
The most important thing I learned working at the physiatrist office is that you cannot treat low back pain without knowing the source of the pain. Below I will break down some of the most common sources of low back pain and give you an idea of how I can help you. If you don’t know the nature of your back pain, schedule a free consultation and we can discuss next steps.
Based upon Dr. Loren Fishman’s non-surgical treatment for scoliosis and Buckminster Fuller’s idea of tensegrity, we use yoga poses to strengthen the muscles on the weak side of the curve. If done properly, strengthening these targeted muscles will pull on the spine and lessen the degree of the curve.
Yoga provides wonderful opportunities to address balance issues by increasing awareness in the body, especially the feet. We can also improve balance by focusing on strength, mobility and coordination.
Rotator cuff tear is a very common injury, partially because of the highly mobile nature of the shoulder joint. Whether you are looking to strengthen and mobilize the shoulder region as a preventative method or to heal the shoulder, there is a way to address this with yoga.
Imbalance: Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
The nervous system is a finicky thing. Most of us get stuck in the fight or flight response (sympathetic). We tend to address this with types of exercise that can sometimes exacerbate the issue. Specific yoga practices activate the rest and digest response (parasympathetic), resulting in better rest, cognitive function, and digestion.
However, sometimes you need to upregulate the nervous system, which basically means you need to press on the gas pedal to increase the amount of energy available in the body. The yoga tool kit is vast-- it contains dynamic practices that can rev you up, as well as restorative practices to calm you down.
Trouble with posture can come from unconscious habits in your daily routine, but it can also develop from long term patterns that started in childhood. Sometimes body pain can be addressed simply by changing your stance. This is one of my favorite things to work on.
Hip flexor, adductor, and hamstring tears tend to stick around for a long time if not addressed. Pain in the hip area can often lead to pain in the knee. We can work on some fun and challenging yoga techniques to heal the tears, and ultimately get you moving with ease.
Bones and Joints
Frankly, the medications offered today for osteoporosis all have downsides. If possible we’d like to avoid taking them. Based on Wolff’s law, which states that bone in a healthy person will adapt to the loads under which it is placed, Dr. Loren Fishman has come up with a series of poses proven to build bone strength and density. The poses need to be done in a specific way, otherwise they won’t work. I have years of experience teaching these poses and can serve as your guide and cheerleader.
There was a time when doctors advised patients with pain from arthritis to move less. Now we know that movement can actually soothe pain from arthritis. Yoga offers a wide variety of movement patterns, mobilizing even the smaller joints that we often ignore.