Yoga is an ancient form of Indian exercise that uses a series of postures to promote strength, flexibility and relaxation. In Sanskrit, the word "yoga" means "to unite", as this unique practice combines elements of mind, body and soul for improved body harmony and an overall sense of calmness and stability. For many people across the world, yoga is a complete lifestyle practice, with physical exercise comprising of just one aspect.
Yoga practices offered at Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center are customized based on each patient's individual needs and goals, and are considered a highly advantageous approach to rehabilitation for patients suffering from an injury or chronic condition. Our experienced team of professionals guides patients through safe yoga techniques in order to stretch and strengthen targeted muscles as an alternative approach to injury or disease rehabilitation.
Millions of people across the world practice yoga for its wide range of physical and mental benefits both as a form of regular exercise and as a treatment for chronic health conditions. Some of these potential benefits include:
There are other benefits available depending on the type of yoga performed and the patient's individual goals for treatment.
Like any other type of physical activity, yoga must be performed while taking into account certain safety precautions to reduce the risk of injury. It is important to warm up before each yoga session and wear appropriate clothing to allow for proper movement. Beginners should start out slow and learn the basics of yoga breathing before overstretching their muscles. Our professionals will instruct patients as to proper yoga practices to ensure a safe and beneficial workout.
At Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center, we offer several different approaches to yoga that effectively relieve symptoms and help restore physical health after an injury or disease, as well as strengthen the mind-body connection. To learn more about our yoga services, please call us today to schedule a consultation.
Meditation is an alternative form of medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years and uniquely combines mind and body treatments to promote a deep state of relaxation and tranquility. It can be used to relieve symptoms of many medical conditions, especially those whose condition is worsened by stress, such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, sleep problems, anxiety disorders and more.
In addition to improving certain medical conditions, meditation promotes inner peace and improves a patient's emotional well-being and overall health. These benefits carry on even when meditation is not being practiced and can significantly improve the patient's quality of life over time.
There are several different types of meditation currently practiced, which allow patients to find the technique that works best for them, depending on the type and severity of their condition, goals for treatment and personal preferences. Some of the techniques practiced at Oxford Valley Pain & Spine Center include:
Patients are encouraged to practice meditation at home to further the benefits of this treatment and to develop a style that is comfortable and effective for them.