Yoga Therapy can play a role 4-6 months after surgery, and generally once the client has been discharged from Physical Therapy. At this stage, a yoga therapist will continue to work with a client towards full range of motion of the knee if that goal has not been met, and also to mitigate any pre or post-surgery compensation patterns. For example, if a knee has been hurting for years, a client may still be walking funny even though the surgery was successful. There is a need to re-train movement and postural patterns of the entire body that is not based on a painful knee.
Yoga Therapists can begin working with hip replacement clients who are 10-12 weeks out from surgery, have resumed normal daily activities, and have been cleared by their Physician or Physical Therapist.
Yoga Therapy can play a role in the continuation of hip replacement rehabilitation by giving practices that keep the hip strong and flexible, correct minor gait issues that may have developed pre or post-surgery (sometimes the “good hip” has developed a lot of tension), and correct a limp that may have developed due to habit.
In the U.S. most women are not given PT for a C-section. They are told it is a 6 week recovery, but really it looks like 6 months to 2 years. Help is needed.
Yoga Therapy can begin as early as one week post-surgery by gently working with the breath and pelvic floor progressing to practices that address the following issues as needed 6 weeks to 2 years post-surgery:
—Pain from nerve involvement
—Pain from scar tissue formation
—Changes in breathing patterns
—Pelvic floor dysfunction from pregnancy
—Sexual dysfunction from nerve involvement and muscle weakness (separate from hormonal and mental libido issues)
—Postural compensation issues
Breast Cancer Surgery
Yoga Therapy can begin the day after breast surgery, lymph node removal, or radiotherapy.
Lisa has been trained to offer physical practices that emphasize slow, gentle movement to move lymphatic fluid; arm and shoulder movements to increase range of motion; stretching to reduce scar tissue. Breathing practices to help with energy levels, lymphedema, emotional issues, anxiety and depression. Meditation practices to cultivate neutrality and observation without emotion, and Yoga Nidra practice to cultivate surrender.