Over the past thirty-two years, Lagoon Hospitals, has remained committed to clinical excellence and patient care, being our driving force in the improvement of human life. Medicine has been shifting from a biomedical approach, that is, one that focuses primarily on treatments to address physical causes of illness and pain, to a biopsychosocial-spiritual model that acknowledges the emotional, psychological, and spiritual factors in diseases. This recognition of the importance of looking at the whole person has directed Lagoon Hospital Physiotherapy Department towards incorporating the essence of yoga therapy to be a valued healthcare modality for improving well-being.
In several areas, the principles of yoga movements sometimes appear to overlap with those of physiotherapy since they both operate from distinct philosophies by incorporating breathing exercises, self-reflection, along with body alignment work and balance poses to foster physical and mental health. When it comes to proper body mechanics, yoga and physical therapy have a lot in common, both focusing on strength, balance, and body alignment.
For example, hip weakness or poor ankle flexibility frequently plays a role in knee pain. If you are injured, a physiotherapist will look at more than just the problem area and will assess multiple joints to target the appropriate treatment. Often, these muscle deficiencies in various locations can be confronted by a specific exercise routine which could also be popular yoga pose. For instance, child’s pose can target shoulder, back, and hip mobility promoting a more complete treatment. This allows the therapist to utilize more effective exercises and address multiple problems simultaneously.
As movement experts, physiotherapists focus on optimizing the body’s functioning, and their education includes training in evaluating and treating pain and movement disorders. These treatments may include neuromuscular re-education, therapeutic exercises, gait training, education, modalities such as therapeutic ultrasound and electrical stimulation, and more. Actually, at Lagoon Hospitals, a physiotherapist may even recommend exercises that are very similar to yoga therapy. The goal of a physiotherapist is to identify the cause of pain or dysfunction and to specifically treat that dysfunction by recommending individualized practices to promote well-being, complement other medical interventions, and empower clients.
Dr. Stella Olubunmi Oyefesobi, DPT
Head, Physiotherapy Department
Lagos – Nigeria
September – 2019