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Yoga Therapeutics: An Ancient, Dynamic Systems Theory

Taylor, Matthew J. M.P.T., R.Y.T.


Summary A growing percentage of the population is either participating in yoga or contemplating yoga for support of their health. The orthopedist will be better prepared to work with that population through a review of an introduction of yoga terminology, a neurophysiologic rationale for yoga therapeutics, and examples of clinical applications. These techniques offer a high utility of application through ready reference tables for taking an appropriate history, a guide of orthopaedic implications for the most common types of yoga practices, and a screening for risk management issues in conjunction with yoga. Those tools simplify the clinical application of yoga therapeutics in conjunction with traditional rehabilitation therapists that use the principles and yoga instructors. Additionally, there is a straightforward guide to practice development and referral marketing techniques with the yoga demographic market. The balance of techniques and theory addressing yoga therapeutics fosters a clinical confidence in the efficacy of adopting yoga as a complement to traditional orthopaedic care.

From Taylor Physical Therapy, Ltd., and MyRehab, Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

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