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Yoga Physiotherapy

Sometimes most of the people don’t understand the difference between Yoga and Physiotherapy, “because physical activity is physical activity, no matter its yoga or physiotherapy”. Well, we must shed some light on the topic as you will find a huge difference between the two when you know what actually both individually do for us.

What is Yoga? Why should you choose Yoga?

Yoga is a form of physical activity originated in ancient India, it is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practice which has shown effectiveness in treating several physical and mental health conditions. Yoga includes a meditative means of concentrating on the universal energies. It connects mind and body, helping an individual to understand the importance of recovery.

There have been two components of yoga;
1. For mental peace by meditating.
2. For physical health by performing yoga postures that are a form of exercise.

Yoga includes low impact activities to bring improvements in a sedentary lifestyle. These exercises help in maintaining general health, building stamina, reducing stress and improving muscle flexibility.

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Yoga Physiotherapy

What is Physiotherapy? 

Physiotherapy is a health care profession, which is based on rehabilitation. It deals with treating patients to overcome their physical disabilities and help them prevent further damage to the body by strengthening muscles and improving muscle extensibility.

A physiotherapy treatment plan includes a variety of physical activities which is designed keeping in mind the condition of the patient and its prognosis. It is not a particular form of exercise but a combination of different forms of exercises which are chosen by the physiotherapist according to the patient’s level of disability.

A treatment protocol is designed which helps the person who is physically ill, to recover and to eliminate the risk of worsening of the condition.

(For example, the cobra pose in yoga which is also called as the back extension exercise is chosen for a patient who has a weak lower back muscle and eliminates the pain of sciatica.)

A physiotherapist can identify the anatomical and structural abnormalities causing pain and dysfunction and accordingly pick up the best possible exercises to cure the pain.  So this is basically ‘purely therapeutic’ exercises which are ‘prescribed’ by the physiotherapist to the patient.

A person in ICU may not perform yoga, a physiotherapist chooses the best possible form of exercise which can be performed in such condition to restore body functions and help the patient to perform the exercise passively if needed.

Physiotherapy involves certain important components that will definitely help you analyze the difference between the two. There is gait training, balance training, pain management, use of prosthesis and orthotics, suspensions, joint mobilization, nerve stimulation, muscle stimulation, electrotherapy and a number of others which are included as a treatment method for patients.

Choosing between the two: Yoga or Physiotherapy? There isn’t really a choice maybe!

I think now it becomes easy for you to distinguish between the two, as both yoga and physiotherapy are used in far different scenarios but are somehow related. There isn’t any need to ‘choose’ between the two because ‘yoga’ can be chosen but ‘physiotherapy’ is something that might become a need for you at some point in time when the illness is stubborn and you require some external aid to cure that.

"It’s always good to choose a healthy way of living, as small changes can make a huge difference. Cure your illness the way your body really needs. Know more about what your body requires and let your inner self thank you later for it." - Jasrah Javed (PT)

About The Author:

Jasrah Javed is an Aspiring Physiotherapist, a health and physiotherapy blogger and writer. She writes articles related to disorders and their physiotherapeutic managements. She has contributed to health, fitness, and medical magazines as well. She is always open to learning more and more and share her knowledge with people through her articles. She is dedicated to her profession and is constantly making efforts to promote health in an easy way. She is the creator of PTalert (PhysioTherapy Alert) and her only wish is to spread awareness about Physiotherapy profession. 

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