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Yoga and More: How to Recover from an Injury

By Fitness Desk

Friday, August 9, 2019.

The chances are, if you’ve suffered an injury during your yoga practice, your injury will have an effect on you both physically and mentally, and there are an array of scientifically-supported, therapeutic activities that can soothe the mind, body, and soul. 

The Recovery Process

The most important part of your recovery following an injury is adhering to the advice and treatment offered by your medical practitioner, surgeon, or physiotherapist. Making sure you take all required medication and undergo all therapy will help to ensure that your body has the best chance of recovery.

That doesn’t mean to say that there aren’t other ways to boost the recovery process. There are other things besides the physical body that can be affected by the injury. Financial recovery may be an essential factor to take into account. Luckily, the expert team available at www.the-compensation-experts.co.uk can assist in seeking compensation to boost your bank balance while you are out of work.

Yoga for Recovery

Yoga today focuses on strength, flexibility, and breathing techniques, and has adapted from its more ‘spiritual energy’ orientated roots. It encourages controlled breathing and focus, as well and improving posture and core strength. Types of yoga that would be particularly beneficial to those recovering from injury include:

  • Yin: A very low impact form of yoga designed to alleviate joint tension in the back, neck, shoulders, and lower limbs. It is a passive practice and requires very little strain.

  • Restorative: Another low impact practice, with only a small handful of key poses, performed with blankets and cushioning to facilitate deep relaxation.

  • Iyengar: An alignment centered practice using props and supports to develop good posture and strong technique.

Yoga is a widely adopted practice in modern culture today, and most gyms and health facilities will offer classes for you to enroll in and begin your journey into relaxation and greater mental and physical wellbeing.

Meditation and mindfulness

Meditation and breathing techniques are a great way to make yourself calmer and more centered while dealing with the strifes and stresses of post-injury life. If things become overwhelming, then dedicate a few minutes of your day to meditate. This guide will walk you through some basic breathing exercises to calm the nerves in no time.

There are also an array of apps available for download that will walk you through your breathing and meditation program. Just pop it on your phone and take it with you for when you find yourself needing a moment of calm while out and about.

Hobbies and therapeutic activities

Not only can finding a hobby be a great way to improve your mental wellbeing but, depending on the nature of your injury, can also be a good way to incorporate your physical recovery into enjoyable activities. If regular mobility is a crucial part of your recovery plan, then consider joining a local walking group, for example. If you have compromised mobility in the hands or fingers, then attempting arts and crafts that require varying levels of dexterity will enable you to practice. It is always recommended that you seek professional medical advice before taking on any physical activities, especially while receiving post-injury treatment. If you are given the all-clear, then why not try:

  • Walking groups

  • Swimming

  • Dance classes

  • Pilates

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Coloring

  • Music

  • Singing

  • A new sport

Stay social

Finally, whatever your recovery plan entails, be sure to stay social. Recovery is challenging, and even more so when you try to go it alone. Laughter is the best medicine, and who better to get you smiling again than your nearest and dearest. 

Share new activities with your friends and family. Allow them to help you with budgeting, traveling to appointments or classes, or completing your physio exercises, and just make the time to go out (or stay in) and spend quality time together. 

Yoga & More: How to Recover from an Injury

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