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Ask the PT: Yoga Wall

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

Have you tried the yoga wall?   Perhaps it is time to mix it up and try something new! The yoga wall at Evolution PT and Yoga can be used to expand your practice, or to help get a practice going.  A yoga practice with the assist of the wall, using straps, pelvic slings or a bar, changes the feel of both advanced and beginner poses.  It provides stability for balance, or a challenge for balance with longer holds and altered center of mass.  The wall can provide deep stretches, or limit range of motion after injury.  Everyone can find a way to use the yoga wall to deepen their...

Ask the PT: Physical Therapy as Part of the Postpartum Process

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

When I was pregnant with my first child my husband and I took a class. Not a birth class – but a “What do I do with the baby once I get home?” kind of class. I had spent over a decade working with pregnant and postpartum women as my PT clients. I had spent years working with one of the most skilled birth professionals I know. I had read and talked about pregnancy and birth.  Taken pre-natal yoga classes. I felt educated – to some degree – about the “before” part.  But I honestly didn’t really have any experience with kids. Or babies. I was well into my...

Yoga is an Effective Practice to Manage Chronic Pain

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

Dealing with pain is exhausting. Not only do you have to be hyper aware of movements, positions and activities that may increase your pain, but at the same time, you are likely not sleeping well. This excessive attention from the brain takes both mental, and physical energy. Your brain starts to reorganize. Larger and more diverse sections of the brain will start to devote themselves to tracking your symptoms. Once more of your brain is dedicated to your pain, your nervous system goes on high alert. Activities, movements, even thoughts that wouldn’t usually trigger pain, now add to your experience of pain. And guess what? You now have even...

Yoga for Runners

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Evolution Blog |

It’s running season in Vermont. Every year, in late winter, early spring, competing in the marathon begins to show up as a goal of many physical therapy patients here in Burlington.  What is this desire to participate in a long run, regardless of whether or not one has ever been a runner? Maybe it is the need to have a goal based on an outdoor activity, marking the beginning of the warm weather and the unofficial start of summer.  Perhaps it is an attempt to shed the winter layer which may have crept up over the long nights of winter.  For some, it is an annual tradition, a fun...