Yoga and You: Balance

By | February 15, 2013

While relatively few of our patients will ever be able to assume a tree pose like this, the quest will make normal ambulation easier and safer.

While relatively few of our patients will ever be able to assume a tree pose like this, the quest will make normal ambulation easier and safer.

At Schlesinger Pain Centers balance is a major problem for many of our patients. We know that falls are a major cause of morbidity and mortality among the elderly and the infirm. Whether the cause be lack of sensation in the feet due to peripheral neuropathy or some form of cerebellar dysfunction a major goal is to prevent the downward spiral of poor balance leading to fear of mobility leading to a sedentary lifestyle which in turn leads to further impairment of balance. Very few traditional physical therapy venues offer good balance programs and in these days of budgetary constraint most physical therapy benefits are inadequate to cover the kind of long-term treatment that would be necessary. Enter adaptive yoga therapy. Traditional yoga has always stressed balance and stability along side suppleness and strength. At Schlesinger Pain Centers Adaptive Yoga Classes our instructors know how to modify these traditional positions and exercises to make them accessible to patients with all levels of physical impairment. We have seen major improvements in balance and confidence in many of our patients.


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