Yoga! A great way to improve Physical and Mental health

 

Chronic pain is an ever-increasing ailment in modern society, which can have huge impacts on the quality of life in both simple daily activities as well as sporting ability. Chronic pain is also strongly linked to stress and depression, which has lead to recent research regarding the biopsychosocial approach to health care in chronic pain patients.

This is the approach to treatment that all of the practitioners at AHS implement with their patients. We recognise the strong connection between mind and body and treat our patients as a whole rather than focusing on pain relief/symptom care.

One popular activity that embodies the biopsychosocial model of wellness care is yoga. Yoga is a commonly known generic term for low-impact physical exercise combined with mental and spiritual disciplines, which originated in ancient India. A well designed yoga program can help people improve both mental and physical health.

One study from 2010 published in the International Journal of Yoga looked at the effectiveness of a residential short term intensive yoga program on improving the quality of life in patients with chronic low back pain.  The 7-day yoga program consisted of asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditations, and lectures on yogic lifestyle.

After 7 days measurements were obtained and compared to a similar group that had underwent 7 days of physical therapy exercises.  The results indicated that patients in both groups had improved physical function and range of motion in their backs.  However, the yoga group had significantly greater improvements in range of motion as well as significant improvements in psychological quality of life indicators such as perceived stress levels.

This shows that Yoga is a great form of exercise that can be done at home or as part of a class and makes a great addition to the care from the Chiropractors and other health professionals at AHS to help maintain your mental and physical wellness.

Please call your Chiropractor at AHS on 9948 2826 or visit our clinic at 9/470 Sydney Rd in Balgowlah servicing the surrounding suburbs of Allambie, Balgowlah Heights, Seaforth, Fairlight and Manly on the Northern Beaches.

Reference:

  • Tekur P. et al.  Effect of yoga on quality of life of CLBP patients: A randomized control study
    . Int J Yoga. 2010 Jan;3(1):10-7.

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