Developed in India thousands of years ago, yoga has become increasingly popular as a form of exercise in the United States. The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. Yoga can be a very effective therapeutic modality for those recovering from, or living with, injury and illness. There are more than one hundred different types of yoga, most of which are comprised of breathing exercises, meditation, and various postures that stretch and flex different muscle groups. The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga practices can lessen chronic pain, such as low back pain, joint pain, neck pain and headaches. It can also help lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.

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Therapeutic Yoga can help in your recovery from a variety of physical injuries

The other physical benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Improved balance
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury

Yoga also creates body and self-awareness, which are very beneficial in the early detection of physical problems or ailments. Because there are so many types of yoga, it is possible for anyone to start, whether you are a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga posture.

At Excel Physical Therapy we have certified instructors that offer therapeutic yoga practices to improve balance, heal and prevent injuries, strengthen muscles and enhance overall health. Ask your physical therapist if yoga might be appropriate for your injury or condition. We will then develop a series of yoga exercises specific for you, which can be billed to your insurance in conjunction with your other comprehensive physical therapy services.