Medical Therapeutic Yoga for Achilles Tendon Rupture: The Missing Link
Todays guest post is by Shelly Prosko, a Physical Therapist, Professional Yoga Therapist, Certified Pilates Instructor. Read more about Shelly.
As a Physical Therapist and Yoga Therapist for over 16 years, I am aware of the benefits and use of yoga therapy and some of the limitations of our current healthcare system. However, after sustaining a traumatic orthopedic injury myself, I had the opportunity to be a patient and experience first hand what it was like to go through our health care system.
Even though I was discharged from the ER and told that rehabilitation wouldn’t start for another 2 months, I knew that there were many aspects of my recovery that could still be addressed to optimize healing. I knew I could, and would, immediately start my own form of rehab and use yoga as my therapy….naturally including and using the knowledge, skills and experience I had as a physical therapist as well.
The first few weeks of ANY injury is so important for healing. All of our physiological systems must be given the opportunity and the right environment to function optimally in order to heal to our highest potential. In orthopedic rehab we focus on the physical layer (kosha). However, the other 4 layers (koshas) of our existence are equally important in the acute stages of an ortho injury (mental, emotional, energetic, spiritual). This biopsychosocial approach to all divisions of therapy is essential if we want to treat the person and NOT the diagnosis.
So, I felt a responsibility to share this message while recovering from my own injury, as this is part of my life mission: to integrate yoga therapy into our western healthcare system by inspiring, empowering and educating people through wisdom, love, truth and joy.
I started a YouTube Channel that follows my progress and how I used yoga as therapy (in combination with Physical Therapy in the later stages) in the rehabilitation of my Achilles Tendon Rupture on Dec.22, 2013.
I also wrote a short blogpost in “Yoga for Healthy Aging” BlogSpot about the injury and how I used yoga in the acute stages of recovery: “Sudden Acute Traumatic Injury”
Here is a summary of videos from day 7 to 8 months post rupture. My intention is to shed light on what ‘rehabilitation’ can optimally look like, to increase awareness to health care professionals & patients, and to help those recovering from any injury to feel inspired & empowered. Please share with anyone you think may benefit:
Week 4 Demonstrating PhysioYoga rehab session including: standing balance yoga poses, TATD breath method & Pilates mat core exercises 4 weeks post Achilles rupture (non-operative.
8 Months Starting to incorporate plyometrics, agility drills, & I even attempt to jump rope for the FIRST time after my rupture (which was the initial mechanism of injury)!!
I hope this post and these links will help spread the word that YOGA can be used as THERAPY even in the immediate stages after an acute injury, because yoga is so much more than just some of those fancy yoga poses our culture is accustomed to seeing!
About the Author
Shelly Prosko, PT, PYT, CPI
Shelly is a Registered Physiotherapist, Yoga Therapist and a Certified Pilates Instructor. She received her Physiotherapy degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada in 1998, her Yoga Therapist training through Professional Yoga Therapy Studies in North Carolina (www.professionalyogatherapy.