Full Course Description
Yoga for Therapeutic Rehabilitation:
Learning New Tools & Expanding Your Practice
Yoga Applications across the Lifespan
Yoga has become increasingly popular in the western mainstream world these days, but its therapeutic applications are relatively unknown to most rehabilitation clinicians. This recording is specifically designed for therapists! You will expand your therapeutic repertoire and improve client functions through incorporating yoga in nearly any setting. This material is highly useful for both adult and pediatric clients, and it can be used to assist with pain management too. In fact, yoga therapy can be used with the clients therapists struggle most to help!
Yoga for Therapeutic Rehabilitation will tap into your knowledge of anatomy and physiology (not to mention a little psychology) in order to enhance treatment plans for clients with issues ranging from multiple sclerosis and cancer to cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, and many orthopedic and neurological disorders. You will discover innovative ways to use props and equipment to assist your clients' therapeutic outcomes. You will view group breakout sessions in which you will discover ways to maximize function using yoga postures for clients in a wide array of settings. By incorporating yoga into your therapeutic practice, you will begin to see health care in a whole new, expanded way. Do not miss this exciting opportunity to bring yoga as a treatment modality to your clients.
This recording is designed for people of all skill levels. You do not need to be experienced with yoga to be able to watch this recording or integrate its benefits with clients!
- Discover how yoga can enhance the muscular, nervous, and cognitive systems for both pediatric and adult clients.
- Practice restorative and active poses, outlining what props to use for various poses and why.
- Describe how yogic breathing can influence pulmonary and immune systems.
- Convey how yoga therapy is able to alleviate pain.
- Cite ways that yoga can provide therapeutic benefits to improve muscular and joint stability.
- Explain the difference between active and restorative poses and list the therapeutic benefits of each.
- Correctly determine how to position a client with a disability using restorative poses.
- Identify how positioning and pranayama can improve your clients' overall wellness.
- Demonstrate how to use basic yoga poses, sequences, and deep relaxation using props for modification depending on client's diagnosis.
- Create customized client treatment plans that incorporate yoga.
Why Yoga as a Therapeutic Modality?
- What is yoga?
- Understand Integrative Medicine
- Review body systems and how they work together
- Understand types of yoga and how yoga therapy aids body systems
- Neuroplasticity of the brain and eye, and brain exercises for adults and kids
- The Nervous System and pain control
- How yoga comforts pain clients
Anatomy of Therapeutic Yoga: Cardiopulmonary System
- Review pulmonary anatomy (case study)
- Proper breathing and its benefits
- Types of pranayama
- Breathing exercises
- Therapeutic breathing and your adults and kids
- When to use pranayama for adults and kids
- Define breathing and positioning
- side-lying in bed
- Case study with group practice of pranayama, seated and standing pose demo
Anatomy of Therapeutic Yoga: Musculoskeletal System
- Posture and nerve and muscle communication
- Anatomy of the shoulder and hip joints
- Opening the joint door: muscle and body balance
- Practical applications for diagnoses
- Secondary disabilities and their consequences, dissecting the mechanics of movement
- muscle imbalance
- Yoga as medicine for adults and kids from dependent clients to active clients
Asana Application and Treatment
- Asana poses
- The science of restorative vs. active poses and the body's response
- Decide between restorative vs. active poses for treatment
- Case studies in a variety of settings from hospitals to schools
- Perform active poses
Poses: Props and Our Patients
- Perform restorative poses
- How do resting poses help clients with disabilities? (client with cancer case study)
- The importance of elongation and extension of the body and how props assist your clients
- Pictures of supported and active yoga poses for clients with a variety of disabilities
- Props for therapeutic use with spasticity, abnormal tone, weakness, or imbalance
- How do you decide if your client needs resting or active poses and how much?
- Is the client prone, supine, or in a wheelchair?
Pose Lab and Case Study Presentations
- Practice poses and experience the therapeutic benefits of a restorative pose vs. an active pose
- Using props through visuals and poses
- Examine 5 different case studies and determine what poses are best for your clients
- Therapeutic benefits of each pose for each diagnosis and their contraindications
- What props to use for each pose and why
Yoga and Expanding Client Treatment
- In your setting: acute care, inpatient, outpatient, home health, and hospice
- Throughout the lifespan
- Giving the client a gift in the community
- Recent studies in medicine and yoga
- Yoga and its future in health care
- Yoga and the Integrative Medicine team
Tai Chi for Health:
Solutions for Falls, Fitness, Strength & Stress
Some of your clients need more than traditional therapy.
Something that is more than “therapy as usual” that will have them eager to engage in the therapeutic process. Yet you still need to use evidence-based practices to be reimbursed for your care.
Research shows Tai Chi combines gentle and adaptable exercises you can easily use with your clients for a variety of benefits, such as:
- Improve flexibility and balance to prevent falls
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Strengthen cardiovascular system
- Decrease chronic pain
- Recover from injuries and surgeries faster
Revolutionize your treatment sessions by incorporating elements of Tai Chi into your treatment plans for a variety of needs.
No experience with Tai Chi is required, as your instructor – a Master Trainer with the globallyrecognized Tai Chi for Health Institute – will teach you the movements step-by-step. This experiential live webcast will have you moving as you learn. Your instructor will connect the dots between the practices of Tai Chi, meditation, and positive psychology and demonstrate the techniques most appropriate for the rehabilitation your client needs.
Discover how you can use Tai Chi to add fun and energy to your sessions, engage your clients, and focus them on the path to healing and change.
- Examine the evidence behind Tai Chi and how it benefits your clients.
- Utilize safety precautions for Tai Chi when teaching others.
- Apply the Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method during treatment.
- Incorporate mindfulness in Tai Chi practice to enhance health and well-being benefits.
- Practice the dan tien breathing method to promote relaxation.
- Independently apply the basic Sun, Chen and Yang style movements of Tai Chi by the end of the course to strengthen clients’ flexibility, core and balance.
- Demonstrate the various Tai Chi movements into a seated position to be used for non-ambulatory patients.
- Develop practices of incorporating Tai Chi into real-life situations for fall prevention.
THE LATEST RESEARCH ON TAI CHI AND ITS BENEFITS
- Benefits to physical, emotional and mental
- What the research tells us
- Why Tai Chi is the ideal solution for fall prevention
DIFFERENT TAI CHI MOVEMENTS FOR VARIOUS THERAPEUTIC REASONS
Chen style: the original style
- Features: fast/slow moves; low stance; explosive demonstration & therapeutic relevance
Yang style: the most popular style
- Features: large flowing movements; gentle yet powerful demonstration & therapeutic relevance
Sun style: the newest style
- Features: higher stances; reduces joint stress demonstration & therapeutic relevance
HOW TO INCORPORATE TAI CHI INTO YOUR PRACTICE
Affect behaviors positively
- How to motivate your clients to start the road to recovery
- Choice theory
- Positive psychology
Affect rehab outcomes positively
- Introduction to Qigong
- Warm-up exercises
- Standing postures
- Tai Chi walking drills
- Cooling-down exercises
GROUP THERAPY PROGRAM (YANG STYLE)
- Still form practice/stepping drills
- Adaptions for knee, joint, and balance limitations
- Strategies for increasing strength and balance
GROUP THERAPY PROGRAM LAB (SUN STYLE)
- Intro of “Basic 6 Moves”
- Essential principles for fall prevention
THE STEPWISE PROGRESSIVE TEACHING METHOD
- Why safety is so important in Tai Chi
SEATED TAI CHI FOR NONAMBULATORY PATIENTS
Effective Mindfulness Interventions for Rehab:
Improving Outcomes with Relaxation, Breath, & Movement Awareness
Maximize Clinical Outcomes Utilizing the Mind-Body Connection
Our job as therapists is not only to treat, but to provide tools to support treatment between visits, and to teach preventative maintenance for the future. This recording will equip you with techniques and concepts that significantly improve patient (and therapist) mind-body awareness and its application to movement, therapeutic exercise, passive manual techniques, stress reduction, and pain management. Participate in a variety of mindfulness-based strategies and learn how to integrate them into your already existing treatment plans for neuromuscular re-education, therapeutic exercise, and proprioception techniques, adapting all of these to each individual client. By tapping into your own mind-body awareness, you can help patients break the cycle of stress-related patterns that do not always respond well to standard treatment or exercise, or are interfering with their rehabilitative progress.
- Define the mind-body connection and explain how to integrate it into the rehabilitative setting
- Demonstrate relaxation techniques for stress reduction and pain management
- Develop strategies to cultivate your own mind-body awareness
- Integrate mindfulness into your existing treatment and exercise protocols
- Articulate mind/body awareness strategies to improve compliance and outcomes
- Design awareness-based techniques for adaptive use with a variety of standard therapeutic exercises
- Discover how mind/body proprioceptive awareness can enhance your manual skills
THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
- What is mindfulness?
- Define the mind-body connection
- Integration into physical rehabilitation
- Misconceptions about yoga and meditation
- Evidence-based research
RELAXATION THROUGH BREATH AWARENESS
- Relationship between stress, tension, and breath
- Quieting the mind and body
- Developing a relaxed, rhythmic and diaphragmatic breath
- Strategies for clinical integration
THE RELAXATION RESPONSE TO REDUCE MUSCLE TENSION AND PAIN
- Deeper relaxation via the “body scan” technique
- Improving proprioceptive sensory awareness
- Identifying and releasing tension
- Holding patterns of muscles and breath
- Clinical strategies for pain management
- Applications to passive manual techniques
MOVEMENT AWARENESS TO IMPROVE THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE
- Understand the patient’s pain and apprehension
- Relaxation, posture, and body mechanics
- Basic concepts of myofascial release and the neuromyofascial web
MINDFUL MOVEMENT TO IMPROVE HEP AND SELF-TREATMENT
- Synchronizing mind, body, and breath
- Difference between stretching and releasing
- Mindful movement routines for the neck and back
- Examples for a variety of standard therapeutic exercises
- Adaptive strategies for difficult patients
- Proprioceptive acupressure/trigger point self-release
IMPROVING COMPLIANCE & OUTCOMES
- Mindfulness in AROM, strength, flexibility, return to activity, and recreation
- Strategies for self-treatment between visits
- Taking the “chore” out of Home Exercise Programs
- Create a supportive space for mind/body integration