Yoga is now widely recommended by physiotherapists to help with injury prevention and recovery. The way in which it can help is by the slow and controlled movements can help with better biomechanics.

For example with a person with a chronic back injury the slow and controlled movements can help engage abdominal muscles first to stabilise the trunk and then use the distal limb to move optimally. Or the patient with recurrent hamstring tears he can wake up the gluteal firing which can off load the hamstring reducing fatigue and improving performance through this improved motor sequencing.

There are other yoga styles which is meditation based which can also be used for mental purposes like relaxation, stress management and spirituality.

So yoga can have a lot of benefits for the regular community athlete and will be beneficial for physio’s to incorporate in their management of their patients.

The relationship with physiotherapists and exercise physiologists (EP’s) is a great one to develop and create through open communication with each other. In the private practice setting there are alot of opportunities to meet EP’s and start the communication.

On a broad level physic’s skill sets are in anatomy, biomechanics and physiology and how that relates to injury in the acute and subacute overuse sense. We are set up with space to assess and diagnose and manage in the manual therapy however not the room to develop large scale gym movements so we are limited with how far we can progress the rehabilitation phase.

EP’s skill sets in exercise selection, progressions, regressions and safety of exercising in the gym environment. The environment they work in is usually more conducive to long term injury prevention and rehabilitation. Machines and the exercise rehab environment is constantly changing so it is imperative that this knowledge base is kept up to date.

Therefore a relationship of cross referrals with these two allied health professionals can be a great symbiotic one to ultimately give the patient better outcomes for their injury and problems.

As physios we can’t be everything to everyone but we can be the right person to direct them to like minded colleagues with a different skill set to compliment ours.