Physical Therapy vs Yoga Therapy

Over the recent past, medical science has observed a shift from a bio medical approach to a bio psychosocial approach. It now recognizes the importance and role of spiritual and mental factors in diseases. This is the reason behind the inclusion of yoga therapy in a doctor’s prescription. Physical therapy is also often advised by medical practitioners; primarily for post operative recovery or treatment of chronic pain. Despite sounding similar, both differ from each other. In fact, both are also simultaneously practiced for overall healing.

The Differences

Physical therapy focuses on optimizing the bodily functions. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate the cause of any muscular or structural dysfunction and treat it accordingly. The treatment methods include therapeutic exercises and gait training. In fact, lasers and electrical stimulation is also used whenever required. Besides pain relief medicines, stretches and exercises practiced under the supervision of a trained physical therapist helps in improved pain management. Both medicines and physical therapy address the specific problem and treat it.

Yoga therapy, on the other hand focuses on overall well being. Yoga therapy, unlike physical therapy and medicine focuses on lifestyle management. Yoga techniques, which include poses, breathing, postures, meditation and others, aim at overall well being.

For instance: Back pain is the blessing of the modern sedentary lifestyle. Inappropriate postures due to long sitting hours, desk jobs etc cause back pain. Medicines can drive the pain away. Even physical therapy provides relief through muscle stretching and relaxation of the affected muscle. Regular yoga practice, on the other hand corrects the posture and promotes overall well being in the long run. Moreover, mental stress is also proven to be a culprit of physical pain like back pain and knee pain. Yoga therapy aids spiritual and mental health. A calm and peaceful mind along with the right postures not only treats diseases but also prevents the body from other dysfunctions.

So, practice yoga regularly for a better life, free from physical and mental pain.

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