Your Best Health(care) through Yoga
Yoga, when used through the lens of healthcare, is the missing piece that can help you achieve your goals for health, well-being, and fitness. Whether you are a patient or a practitioner, welcome to your BEST health(care) through Yoga.
Meet Dr. Ginger Garner
I began using yoga in physical therapy and athletic training practice in the 1990’s, when it wasn’t the cool or trendy thing to do. But it was far more effective than physical therapy alone. As a result, I began documenting my methods in order to train other healthcare providers using a yoga-inspired interdisciplinary, biopsychosocial model; and In 2000, I launched the first yoga program for training licensed healthcare professionals in the world. This transformative practice in rehabilitation, injury prevention, and yoga-based care wasn’t easy to start or grow, being a woman and mother in not 1 but 2 male dominated fields. And trying to bring yoga into healthcare (not healthcare to yoga) by launching a brand new idea, when few women were found at the proverbial creative leadership table worldwide, was and is even more difficult. Nevertheless, I persisted and continue to fight for people to have access to scientifically and medically sound yoga-based care in healthcare in the United States and abroad.
Read my story of overcoming adversity and finding a path to success in the Preface to my book, available for free download
Dr. G is a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill trained doctor of physical therapy (DPT), as well as a licensed athletic trainer (LAT, ATC) and professional yoga therapist (PYT). Dr. G has spent 25 years studying and creating “best fit” yoga practices in and outside of healthcare. She is the founder of Professional Yoga Therapy InstituteTM and author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga © 2016.
Combining yoga with medical science makes yoga more powerful and more effective, which what Dr. G has done in her book, Medical Therapeutic Yoga©. The landmark text is more than just a book, it is a multi-media platform and audio-visual technicolor experience, offering a home practice of dozens of videos that teach you safe, scientifically supported methods for your best health.
More than two decades of practice and study in yoga, physical therapy, and sports medicine went into the creation of Dr. G’s book, Medical Therapeutic Yoga. The systems-based methodology in MTY has been field-tested for over 15 years by the multitudes of licensed health care providers that Dr. G has personally trained.
MTY is a guidebook that can help reform healthcare, transcend the need for dogma and lineage turf wars, address the opioid crisis, and transform lives because Dr. G has seen it work successfully in her own clinical practice treating people with persistent pain, and those with complex pelvic pain and injuries for nearly 20 years.
What can Dr. G do for you?
Want to join the movement? Dr. G’s mission is to revolutionize healthcare through mindful, evidence-informed yoga prescription.
Step 1 — Dig in to all of the great content Dr. G has for you right here.
- Are you a patient? Click here.
- Are you a professional? Click here.
- Are you just wondering how to achieve your best health(care) through yoga? Click here.
Step 2 — Get a copy of Dr. G’s new book and learn how to improve your own practice.
Step 3 — Pop over to MedicalTherapeuticYoga.com and register so you can get access to yoga videos and download a FREE book excerpt.
What’s coming up on the calendar?
What does Dr. G have to say?
Check out some of her most popular blog posts.
Top Posts & Pages
- "Hip Openers" in Yoga? (Please, Let's Stop the Madness.)
- Top Five "Must Haves" for Hip Labral Surgery (plus 2 bonus tips)
- The Minimalist Nursery - What Does Baby Really Need?
- Episiotomy Scar Pain? Perineal Massage May Help
- Femoral Version in the Hip: Yes, It Matters On (& Off) the Yoga Mat
- Questions to ask your Surgeon before Hip Arthroscopy
- Hip Labrum Q&A: Troubleshooting Painful and Frustrating Clicking Psoas
- Yoga in Medicine: An Ancient Solution for Modern Illness
How do I stay in touch with Dr. G?
The very best thing you can do is subscribe to Dr. G’s blog (just submit your email address in that big green box in the sidebar), and along with that, be sure and connect with her on social media.
People in chronic pain are often labeled, and the labels are not helpful or person-centered or even nice. Often deemed failures of the system, they get stereotyped, dehumanized by such labels as diagnosis seeker, prescription drug addict, wimpy complainer, or motor moron.
But I don’t see people in pain that way. To me, those people are not failures of the system. Rather, I believe the system has failed them. The system I speak of is, of course, the American healthcare system.
Please let me share my story with you, albeit the greatly abbreviated version.
In the 1990’s I was scurrying along, working in an underserved and generally low income area in rural North Carolina. I was a full time therapist and the clinic’s director by day, and a part-time yoga teacher and music director in the evenings. … [ Continue Reading ]
ATTENTION ALL MOTHERS: Why Work is Work No Matter What: A Mother’s Return to Work Story
Dr. G is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, International Pelvic Pain Society, National Athletic Trainers Association, International Association of Yoga Therapists as an individual and Charter School Member, & Yoga Alliance.