This two-day continuing education course instructs the clinician on a biopsychosocial yogic model for using Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine in individual and group programming to facilitate recovery, restoration, and stress management in the postnatal patient. Strength, flexibility, consideration for healing of tissues, as well as body confidence and postnatal depressive symptoms/psycho-emotional wellness are included in this holistic mind/body fitness paradigm.
- Define a biopsychosocial model of wellness assessment used in complementary and integrative medicine.
- Integrate the yoga philosophy with the evidence-based biopsychosocial model of integrative medicine for use in the postpartum population.
- Create yoga programs for early, intermediate, and long-term phases of postpartum.
- Demonstrate evidence-based yoga methodology for spine, pelvic, and shoulder rehabilitation.
- Identify the role of using yoga as medicine on birth outcomes in the United States.
Current standards of practice in maternal care have been cited as “a human rights failure” in the US1. Not due to the lack of medical services but the overuse of medical interventions during birth,2,3,4 hospitals that have “reduced medical interventions” and have improved “access to woman-centered care have fewer deaths and lower health care costs”1,3,4
Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine are an ideal paradigm of practice for “woman-centered care” that minimizes the medicalization of pregnancy and birth as a pathology rather than a natural condition. Patient satisfaction and self-confidence, which also suffers under the current biomedical model, is likewise improved by the self-care and self-empowerment emphasis of using this new paradigm.
A yogic biopsychosocial model offers an evolutionary paradigm-shift that modernizes standard biomedical prenatal and postpartum care, through the WHO and IOM-endorsed lens of biopsychosocial practice5. Even more is yoga, when evolved for safety and efficacy by rehabilitative science, can advance the creative dialogue of rehabilitation and yoga practice, paving the way for yoga to become an innovative best-care practice in prenatal and postpartum rehabilitative care.
This model can address pre-existing or perpetuating issues such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and weight management. All of these comorbid conditions have a vital role in determining rehabilitation outcomes and should be addressed in regular care. However, for example, in comorbid conditions like pelvic pain and depression, pharmacological side effects, and the stigma of seeking mental health treatment can severely diminish adherence to biomedical interventions. As a mind-body intervention, yoga during pregnancy can increase birth weight, shorten labor, decrease pre-term birth, decrease instrument-assisted birth, reduce perceived pain, stress, anxiety sleep disturbances, and general pregnancy-related discomfort and quality of life physical domains. The WHO recommends that postpartum checkups include screening for back pain, incontinence, hemorrhoids, constipation, fatigue, breast pain, perineal pain, depression, painful intercourse, headaches, bowel problems, and dizziness or fainting. This approach offers an optimal evidence-based strategy that can positively affect the underlying neuroendocrine issues that ultimately dictate therapeutic outcomes.
A combination of didactic lecture and interactive lab formats, including differential diagnosis and general prenatal and postpartum biopsychosocial screening will prepare the clinician to immediately apply this model of practice. The 2-day course will also include business practice discussion and technical support for developing your new platform and clinical specialty niche.
This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner’s license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.
16 (CEUs vary by state)
$575 (Early registrant price of $525)
What to bring
1 yoga mat
2 yoga blankets (Mexican blankets are fine)
1 yoga strap (quick release buckle)
2 yoga blocks
Participants should wear comfortable exercise clothes for this course
8:00 – Introductions, goals, manual orientation, pre-test
8:30 – Lecture – Practice Guidelines: Using the Therapeutic Conceptual Model
10:00 – Break
10:15 – Lab – Immediate Postpartum
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Lab – Case Study
2:00 -Lab – Early Postpartum
3:15 – Lab – Case Study
4:00 – Lab – Discussion
5:30 – Questions/wrap-up, post-test
6:00 – Closure
8:00 Meditation, pre-test
8:30 Lab – Postpartum Programming
10:15 Lab – Special Programming
12:45 Lecture – Integrative Business Practice
2:00 Lab – Case Study
3:45 Questions, post-test
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