Comprehensive Therapy Programs
Comprehensive Therapy programs are offered in Bloomington Indiana, providing an alternative to short-term traditional physical therapy and rehabilitation through in-home, extended therapy with one therapist. Rather than a rote, set routine of exercises or a fixed protocol, the outlook is on long-term supportive therapy with an eye to fostering resilience and providing a means of self-care and self-help. Recommendations and suggestions made during sessions and over the course of a therapeutic program lay a foundation for both physical healing and mental wellbeing—possible modifications or adaptations to facilitate ease of movement and improve safety, pain management alternatives, providing nutritional guidance, and implementing common-sense, practical changes in lifestyle habits which may benefit women in their daily life.
We hope that clients will be interested and active participants in their own wellbeing and self-care. For those who rely on caregivers or family for assistance and support, we endeavor to ease the burden by providing therapies in-residence.
Therapy 'Outside the Box'
We think 'outside the box'... A limited view will not benefit a person as a whole and tends to create a single, acute focal point in the healing process. Too often limitations to therapy and healing are created by overlooking the intrinsic benefits of subtle, gentle interventions such as using breathing techniques in ALS, mobilizing joints in a paralyzed individual, increasing circulation for someone who is bedridden to avoid decubitus ulcers, or simply teaching someone with multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's (PD) that it is usually easier to walk if one learns to go barefoot in the house as a means to create communication from the feet to the brain. Ensuring that there are non-physical sources of joy, life-satisfaction, and support / comfort are often more important to wellbeing, happiness, mental health, and pain management.
The structure of each therapy program considers the individual as a whole—age, health, motivation to help oneself, type of condition or injury, degree of illness, level of recovery, and overall physical and mental state will play factors in creating a customized therapy program. A veteran with an amputated limb and dealing with PTSD will need a very different approach to therapy and self-care than someone who has a long-term neurological condition such as MS or Parkinson's, and struggles on a daily basis with walking, neuropathies, and spastic or atrophied muscles. Whether recovering from a stroke or going through cancer treatment, addressing the disconnect between body and mind may be of greater importance than attacking the body with intense physical intervention. Someone who is depressed or lacks motivation may benefit from supportive mentoring or the simple benefits of movement, sunshine, and fresh air.
Specialized yoga therapy programs are led by a C-IAYT yoga therapist and are adjusted to meet the individual's current, ongoing, and changing situation and ability. Traditional Thai bodywork provides passive range of motion, joint mobilization, neuromuscular techniques and manipulation of muscles and fascia, as well as gentle structural alignment. For those with long-term neurological conditions or neuromuscular disorders, a comprehensive therapy program can be part of ongoing neuropalliative therapy and support.
Neuropalliative Therapy & Support
Neuropalliative therapy focuses upon long-term, comprehensive care and support for those with neurological conditions and movement disorders: providing whole-person care for the complex range of conditions and experiences—physical, emotional, social, spiritual—which are part of a living with a neurological condition. NeuroSupportive Yoga Therapy™ may be an essential part of an extended care plan for those with multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease (PD), ALS and other neurological conditions, whether it is assisting with breathing techniques for the bedbound, maintaining range of motion for those in a wheelchair, mitigating chronic pain conditions, reducing stress and anxiety, or providing in-home therapy for self-care. It is always the person, the human being, who is at the center of care, not the dis-ease or dis-ability.
"The heart of palliative care is honest, focused, and sometimes difficult, conversations between healthcare providers, patients and their families... Palliative care is sometimes called 'the best kept secret in healthcare' because it offers a powerful approach for patients and families yet is either unknown or misunderstood by both other clinicians and patients."
__ Benzi Kluger, MD, former Director of Neurology Supportive and Palliative Care Clinic at UCHealth, Denver; current Professor of Neurology and Medicine and Director of the Palliative Care Research Center and Neuropalliative Care Service at the University of Rochester; Founding Director of the International Neuropalliative Care Society (INPCS).
Neuropalliative care and therapy is an emerging field: It is a new perspective insofar as the era of modern medicine, yet it is a traditional, age-old perspective on care and healing which encompasses each person as a whole—rather than isolating each aspect of an illness as a separate, unrelated phenomenon. Read about our approach to, and perspective on, yoga therapy's role in long-term care and neuromuscular conditions (PDF).
An often-misunderstood term, palliative means to ease or moderate symptoms or a condition, encompassing far more than hospice care. In fact, palliation is something most of us wish for when in pain or suffering unduly, be it physically, mentally or emotionally. Rather than emphasizing dis-ease, palliative care is concerned with a person's wellbeing, quality of life—and living. Yoga therapy approaches long-term neurological conditions as a lifelong continuum, with an effort to improve, or sustain, quality of life.
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All therapy sessions take place at the client's location in order to provide ease of access. Comprehensive therapy programs are offered in-home in Bloomington Indiana and the surrounding area. Note that physician referral and an administrative waiver are required prior to the first therapy session if meeting in a clinic or hospice setting.
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“Yoga is strong medicine but it is slow medicine. One major difference between yoga and many other approaches to healing is that yoga builds on itself, becoming more effective over time. This is not true of most drugs or surgery, which often gradually diminish in effectiveness. In this sense yoga is something like learning to play a musical instrument: the longer you stick with it... the better you get and the more you will get out of it.”
___Timothy McCall, MD is the author of Yoga as Medicine, and co-editor of The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care