Physiotherapy & Yoga, Combination that adds life.

I wish you all Happy International Yoga day. it is 2020 and 21st June. The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. When proposing 21 June as the date, Reputed Prime Minister Modi said that the date was the longest day of the year in the mass northern hemisphere (shortest in the southern hemisphere), having special significance in many parts of the world. From the perspective of yoga, the summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. Yoga originated thousands of years ago in India as an integrated physical, mental, and spiritual practice based on ancient Vedic philosophy, and is connected to Ayurveda, the system of traditional Indian medicine.


Yoga unites the mind, body, and spirit.  It’s a comprehensive full-body workout.  It reduces stress by lowering the stress hormone, cortisol.  But you probably knew that already.  What you may not know is that yoga is a powerful tool in physiotherapy and injury prevention. 

Every year, yoga is increasingly included in the practice of traditional physiotherapy.  Where traditional physiotherapy can merely focus on one area or muscle at a time, a single yoga pose can target several at once, not only improving range of motion to the injury but strengthening everything connected to it as well.  Yoga is known for its ability to deliver long, lean muscles through regular practice, but this is only a byproduct of the physiotherapy that is achieved by the entire body. 

It’s a common misconception that yoga only involves stretching and meditation.  Basically, it is a Series of Rhythmic isometric Exercise. If you Don't What is Isometric Exercise, you can search in this blog about it. Yoga is actually the deepening of flexibility while building strength. 

Through utilizing the body’s own weight as resistance, yoga strengthens and delivers long, lean muscles while increasing flexibility.  Through simultaneously stretching and strengthening, yoga targets the entire body equally and nurtures muscles and joints that are otherwise left unattended.  This is where yoga’s true power as physiotherapy lies.  



What is the difference between yoga and physical therapy?

According to Physiopedia yoga is, 
"A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation."

The Yoga exercises are well suited to many patients as a home program. The Therapist can select them and adapt them to the individual. The clear illustrations and text instructions make independent practice easier for patients. I recommend that many patients practice the "Yoga in Daily Life" exercises as a follow-up to their treatment with Physiotherapy. When no further therapeutic supervision is needed, it presents itself excellently as a daily exercise program. My patients are quite willing to do these exercises, as they can see the positive effect on their health.

Strong and flexible muscles provide an important backbone and joint protection. That is why the regular practice of Yoga exercise reduces the symptoms of the spine and joint problems after just a few weeks. Yoga Asanas practice provides the necessary range of movement to maintain the proper health of the muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and joint capsules which are essential for their function. 

The ligaments and connective tissue that surround each joint become tight with muscle tension but, by stretching, they become more supple. The therapeutic benefits are virtually endless because of the yoga's ability to utilize the entire body. As you keep sculpting that body into the shape of a bathing suit, don't forget to put yoga into your workout routine to prevent injury, nurture your joints, and keep your muscles healthy. Only that added bonus to all the therapeutic rewards this summer will be the lean, supple body that results from your practice.



In fact, yoga exercises are psychosomatic exercises, which means they influence the body, mind, breath, and consciousness. This fact is boosting my work considerably. Many of my patients are suffering from neck, back, or head pain, often attributable to the inability to cope with stress. However, many also disregard admitting this and seeking long-term help only through physiotherapy measures instead. The yoga exercises in such cases help patients who are otherwise unlikely to improve without an inner change, as these exercises have an effect on both the physical and mental levels.

Twisting poses not only aid in joint compression, they serve as a sort of massage to the internal organs and can actually wring out toxins, cleanse and increase healthy blood flow.  This also increases the drainage of the lymphatic system, which decreases bloating when Mother Nature visits while keeping the immune system healthy. 

the take-home message is, yoga is a very old spiritual technique to connect the body with the mind, by modification of Physiotherapeutic Technique with Yoga, the one can get so better result. This is where yoga’s true power as physiotherapy lies.  

yoga helps to increase,

  • Strength of Muscles
  • With yoga, joints become more flexible 
  • increased flexibility with strength decreases the chance of injury
  • Yoga is good for all ages.
  • Yoga is useful for pain relief.
  • Tension headache is also relived with yoga and asana.
  • it improves Immunity.
  • Joint compression fills joint with new energy
  • Internal organs get more blood flow
  • cleansing of toxins from blood and body
  • brain gets more blood flow( gravity and blood Circulation)

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