Yoga Therapy Specialist

Back to Center PT

Physical Therapy & Yoga Therapy located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA & Santa Monica, CA

When you think of yoga, you likely think of sparse studios filled with sticky mats and people in yoga pants. Neha Shah, MPT, expands on this idea of yoga with the yoga therapy services she offers at her Beverly Grove, Los Angeles practice, Back to Center PT. She incorporates traditional yoga exercises into physical therapy sessions to better help you recover from or work around an injury. If yoga therapy sounds like a good fit for you, set up an appointment by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.

Yoga Therapy Q & A

What is yoga therapy?

Yoga therapy involves the use of yoga techniques and principles for therapeutic purposes. The therapists at Back to Center PT use the poses, breathing techniques, meditation practice, and other tenets central to yoga to help you recover or work around an illness or injury.

Yoga techniques tend to be gentle, nourishing, and relaxing, all of which help alleviate disruptive symptoms. The practice also improves flexibility, muscle balance, stability, and physical conditioning to promote your overall health.

Who benefits from yoga therapy?

Men and women of any age can benefit from yoga therapy. The therapists at Back to Center PT often use yoga to help adults navigate injury or recover from surgery. They adjust their approach to help you work around, avoid, or recover from injury.

People with the following conditions, in particular, may benefit from yoga therapy:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Insomnia
  • Migraines
  • Back pain
  • Pregnancy
  • Asthma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

Yoga therapy can also minimize the side effects of chemotherapy and improve insulin function in people with diabetes. In addition, Neha Shah specializes in prenatal and postnatal yoga therapy to help prepare you for childbirth and motherhood.

How does yoga therapy differ from yoga class?

While yoga therapy and yoga class both follow the tenets of the ancient practice, their structure and objectives differ.

Whereas yoga class focuses mainly on exercise and stress relief, yoga therapy at Back to Center PT is more concerned with helping you heal from a specific medical event and reducing your pain. The same mechanisms that make class so rewarding also make therapy successful.

The structure of a yoga class also differs from a yoga therapy session. A class generally has you move from pose to pose in a certain order to work your entire body, while a therapy session hones in on a specific area of concern.

Yoga therapy is also highly individualized, unlike yoga classes that usually follows a structured group format with minimum personal attention. No two patients yoga therapy sessions at Back to Center PT are the same since your therapist tailors the treatment to your specific needs.

If you think you would benefit from yoga therapy, call Back to Center PT or schedule an appointment online today.