Founder of a Grassroots Movement to Improve Health Care in America
Ginger Garner MPT, ATC, PYT, founder of the PYT method, is an educator in medical therapeutic yoga, orthopaedics, and women’s health and an activist for improving health care in America.
During her graduate studies in physical therapy and public health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, almost 20 years ago, Ginger developed her original mission for the first education program in medical yoga, out of what she perceived as a great disconnect in American health care. Professional Yoga Therapy (PYT) was born out of the vision to see eastern and western medicine yoked to offer more comprehensive health care for both the healthy and complex American patient. Today, PYT offers a working model for educational standards in medical yoga education and integrative health care delivery in the US.
Ginger has written more than 30 programs and a 4 volume text standardizing the use of yoga as an evidence based medical therapy. Her post-graduate programs and PYT methodology are a first in health care education and delivery.
The PYT method combines:
- Rehabilitative Medicine
- Integrative Medicine
- Ayurvedic Medicine
- Athletic Training & Sports Conditioning
- Integrative Manual therapy
- Muscle energy
- Myofascial release & Neurovascular mobilization
Medical yoga in the PYT method can help with:
- Inflammatory and Metabolic disorders such as:
- Weight management
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- Diabetes management
- Back and joint pain
- Respiratory diagnoses
- Neuroendocrine dysregulation such as:
- Depression and anxiety
- Hypothalamic-pituitary axis syndrome
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Special populations such as:
- Women’s health
- Prenatal and Postpartum
- Incontinence and more…
- Orthopaedic and sports injuries
- Women’s health
- Enhanced Sports Performance:
Ginger has used the PYT method to help high level athletes and recreational athletes such as runners, golfers, kayakers, gymnasts, dancers, surfers, and Marines achieve their highest potential.
- Overall well being and injury prevention
Ginger speaks nationally and works locally on Emerald Isle, North Carolina, where she uses a very different paradigm for physical therapy practice; which has been successful in treating patients from the populations listed above for more than two decades.
*Class setting image courtesy of Veronica Whetsel PT, PYT-C
**Crane image courtesy of Jeff Jablonski