Orthopedics & Yoga: How Yoga is Beneficial at Any Age and Ability
At Warner Orthopedics and Wellness in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we feel very strongly about the power of yoga and its ability to increase our patients quality of life. Yoga is a form of exercise developed some 5000 years ago in India. Yoga is a way to connect to nature and to God, much like prayer. Yoga is also a proven way to improve strength, conditioning and flexibility as well as endurance. However, yoga is also very good at producing peace of mind, tranquility and reducing stress and chronic pain. Yoga provides you a way to retrain your body’s pain pathways and to reduce the amount of pain you may feel.
Yoga involves some poses that improve balance. As we age, balance is one thing that begins to leave us. Without balance, you are prone to tripping and falling and therefore to breaking bones or spraining ligaments. Yoga has been proven to improve balance, thus reducing fall risk. Balance poses can be very easy and short. Hatha Yoga is an entry-level type of yoga that anyone can do (with proper guidance).
Warner Orthopedics and Wellness has partnered with YogaBliss of Baton Rouge to provide yoga sessions tailored for our patients. This may even be a service that is covered by your insurance plan.Any yoga that you undertake should be properly selected by you and your physician and done with certified
supervision, of course. There is no need to be scared of yoga. For example, if you are very stiff or have an injury, yoga may begin in a chair for you. If you are not as strong as you would like to be and do not have much balance, this chair-yoga is perfectly acceptable.
One key component of yoga is visualization or biofeedback. You may have heard that this is a technique used by Drew Brees and other professional athletes to improve performance. We hope that you visualize yourself free from limitations and pain as you perform yoga. This practice is very important if you truly wish to stop suffering from chronic pain. Deep breathing during the poses of yoga is necessary also. Oxygen is totally mandatory for your brain and heart to function perfectly. Deep breathing can enhance your ability to focus, meditate and develop peacefulness during the yoga session. This mental improvement will carry with you into your everyday life. Prior to performing a pose in your yoga session, you should visualize (imagine) yourself doing it to its fullest and with success.
This is one example of how you can begin to perform yoga no matter what your condition is. There are even poses to do if you are lying in bed! Yoga has been proven to improve strength and reduce pain. In addition,yoga has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga is a relatively inexpensive way to help yourself live your life to its fullest. The military has started a yoga program to help soldiers lose weight. We believe that yoga reduces pain in a variety of painful conditions and we also believe that it can improve your everyday life. Let us evaluate your painful condition at Warner Orthopedics and Wellness and create a personalized, custom program for your condition. We have partnered with YogaBliss Baton Rouge to provide this service to our patients.
Dr. Meredith Warner is a board certified, Fellowship Trained Foot and Ankle, Orthopedic surgeon practicing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Warner is committed to offering her patients an accurate diagnosis along with a comprehensive treatment plan in order to get them back to a pain free life. Dr. Meredith Warner specializes in the treatment of orthopedic issues, providing operative and non-operative treatment plans of orthopedic problems, including musculoskeletal pain such as chronic back, neck and foot pain, reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle, arthritis, diabetic, hammer toe, bunion, wound care, work injuries, fitness and nutrition and osteoporosis issues.