Hot Yoga as Physical Therapy Claire Renninger

Each year, around 50 percent of adults develop a muscular or skeletal injury that lasts them around 8 months. Physical therapy is the typical solution to these problems, but is very costly and time consuming for the patient. Therapy processes usually include working with a trainer on various machines and work out equipment, and going through various stretches and exercises over the course of a few months.

Back and knee injuries are two of the most common issues that adults over the age of 50 experience with increased age. Depending on the injury, the therapy process works to regain movement and muscular capacity after it has been diminished during the initial recovery period. During the healing process however, bone loss is likely to occur.
Most physical therapy processes for these types of injuries are around 3 to 4 months long at the cost of between 30 to 100 dollars per session, each one lasting for about one hour multiple times a week. Although the pt process is effective in partial recovery, it does not always succeed in fully regaining range of motion, and often results in loss of strength and bone density.
Outside of physical therapy, some patients will rely on other ways to heal their bodies, such as acupuncture and massage therapy. The hope is that these methods will help them to regain muscle control or range of motion. These forms of therapy however, are not as effective in the overall recovery of the body post injury either , as they only focus on muscle function, and will not help to stretch the muscles in the same way as hot yoga. In addition, these forms of therapy do nothing for bone loss, and are only a temporary fix to a problem that is likely to last for a longer period of time, the longer the process is drawn out.

Hot yoga uses a tried and true method of yoga, that combined with the intense (110) degree heat, allows an individual to stretch far beyond their comfort zone and what they think they are capable of. This would be an effective alternative or addition to physical therapy, especially later in the recovery process, after the initial period of healing. Hot yoga helps to slow and sometimes reverse the process of bone loss which can take place during recovery when the injury is still healing. This form of yoga, designed specifically for the healing process after an injury, uses stretches that benefit the whole body, and will help regain muscle control and bone density throughout the process.

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