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Medical Therapeutic Yoga: Utilizing Yoga in Healthcare Practice

Apr 2018

Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MTY): Utilizing Yoga in Your Clinical Practice

TO BE RESCHEUDLED FOR LATER IN 2018 

Why bring yoga into your clinical practice? MTY offers healthcare professionals an expanded set of tools to treat patients who present with a host of medical diagnoses and problems including orthopedic and joint problems, pelvic floor problems, cancer related issues, chronic pain, stress related, and mental health problems.  It is a tool that can be used effectively in inpatient, rehab, home care, and outpatient settings, and can also assist the professional in their own health.  The use of MTY is about more than simply using yoga as therapy; healthcare professionals may use yoga in their movement, biopsychosocial, and functional assessment and incorporate in treatment. 

Many healthcare providers are unfamiliar with yoga other than as a form of exercise or as an alternative form of treatment or exercise class. Others have attended yoga classes and know yoga from their own practice or experience but are not confident of or aware of ways to utilize yoga within their own practice. This course is an opportunity to “take yoga off the mat” and to learn new ways to assess and create change in:

  • Breath
  • Pain
  • Stress Response
  • Mobility, strength, balance, and positioning and posture

This one day introduction to MTY will include philosophy of biopsychosocial and World Health Organization(WHO) integration of treatment, introduction to neurophysiology of yoga and breath, and assessment within and using yoga.  There is an optional second day for asana/pose introduction and modification for clinical practice.

 It is not required that participants have a yoga practice or experience.   Both days will include physical practice as well as observation of other participants; and as with our patients, positions and postures will be modified as is needed for the participant. This course is open to all licensed health care professionals and providers (including PTAs and COTAs).

PA PT CEU Day 1   7.45 hrs approved

PA PT CEU Day 2    5.5 hrs  approved

Cost:  Day 1 $235.00

           Both days:  $ 385.00

Register at link below or HERE (following link will allow you to choose both days or Saturday only)    OR paper registration below. 

Questions:  rebecca@embody-pt.com

Course objectives:

DAY ONE

  • Demonstrate understanding of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, how it is utilized in clinical practice, and the difference between MTY and yoga therapy as offered by a lay/non- medical yoga provider.
  • Understand the MTY Pentagon of Wellness and the use of integrated wellness and health within a WHO model of treatment.
  • Understand the benefits of evaluating and treating within the biopsychosocial model
  • Demonstrate understanding of the neurophysiology of yoga in healthcare.
  • Demonstrate the use of MTY in various clinical settings for both patients and health professionals, including inpatient to home care and outpatient settings.
  • Introduction to the use of MTY principles and tools for evaluation of patients and incorporation into treatment.
  • Utilize basic breath, postural, and mobility tools in evaluation and treatment.
  • Utilization of MTY techniques in personal life or practice.
  • Introduction to MTY certification, study tools and further areas of study.

Optional Day Two (Practice but no prior experience needed)

  • Gain understanding of anatomy and alignment of basic yoga asana/poses
  • Understand approaches to and modifications of asana for various patient populations
  • Use of breath in poses
  • Functional application of poses
  • Precautions and contradictions of asana

Schedule:

Day one (April 21, 2018)

                       8:30 AM               Registration

                       9:00 AM               Introduction to MTY, Yoga philosophy and history, use in Medicine

9:30 AM               MTY Pentagon of Wellness, WHO integrated health and wellness, and Biopsychosocial evaluation in healthcare. Utilization of                                    MTY in varied clinical practice settings

10:30-10:45        Break

10:45 AM            Neurophysiology in MTY

11:30AM              Anatomy of breath and the pressure system, including the three diaphragms

12:30-1:30 PM   Lunch, on your own

1:30 PM               Introduction to MTY assessment tools

2:00 PM               MTY Assessment practice

2:45 PM               Breath description, practice, assessment

3:45 PM               Breath in functional postures, modifications for patient positioning

4:30 PM               Use of Yoga by healthcare professionals for self-care in the clinical setting

5:00 PM               Questions and discussion, including documentation and coding.

5:30 PM               Adjourn

Day 2   April 22, 2018

9:00  AM              Questions

9:45 AM               Breath and posture, position review

10:15 AM            Seated asana and modification, anatomy, evaluation for ability and progression, functional use.

11:15 AM             Quadraped asana and modifications, anatomy, evaluation of ability and progression, functional use.                

12:15 PM             Standing Asana and progression. Evaluation, anatomy considerations, functional use.

1:30 PM               Discussion for clinical uses, case examples

2:00 PM               Final questions

2:30 PM               Adjourn

(Note on Sunday, no lunch time is scheduled but light food will be available and students will be able to take breaks while learning, assessing and teaching one another, and practicing)

Rebecca Meehan PT WCS PYT-C  is co-owner of Embody Physiotherapy & Wellness in Sewickley PA.  Her PT clinical practice centers around integrative health, function, and improving client wellness for all genders and ages, in addition to the rehabilitation of injury, after childbirth, or illness.  She incorporates Yoga utilizing Medical Therapeutic Yoga precepts and principles in her PT patient and client care and teaches community yoga classes, offering participants the opportunity to develop a practice that meets their needs despite physical problems that might prevent them from participating fully in a standard, lay-instructed class.  

Rebecca began her individual yoga practice in 1999, and began studying Medical Therapeutic Yoga through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute in 2015. She completed her final coursework in Spring of 2017, and is now an instructor with PYTI for on site classes and certification in Emerald Isle NC.  She has presented yoga and wellness realted topics at EXPAAC II, PPTA State Conference, and PPTA SWD.   She is proud to work with the faculty and students at PYTI to promote the evolution of yoga in healthcare, to assist in transforming the biomedical model of treatment and to incorporate health/wellness literacy and partnership-based rehab, and to foster creativity and innovation in healthcare.  (PYTI Vision Statement)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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