What, actually, is a Yoga for Pain Practitioner?

Yoga for Pain Practitioners can be yoga teachers, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists or youth workers. They may apply the approach to nursing, aged care, yoga teaching or tertiary hospitals.

While the most obvious application is teaching yoga to people with persistent pain, this is just one of many important ways Practitioners use the approach to improve lives. Yoga for Pain is a field of practice that examines how people with, or at risk of, persistent pain receive the care they need. System-wide success requires good information, appropriate referrals and informed services.

Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training equips each person to apply the principles and ethics to their professional field. Some never use the word yoga with their clients. Here are a few examples:

  1. A yoga teacher who runs classes in an isolated outer suburb, just for people with pain.
  2. Yoga for Youth With Pain group courses run by a yoga therapist in a paediatric clinic.
  3. The psychologist who uses Yoga for Pain skills to ensure her clients are comfortable and self-aware during a consult.
  4. An aged care physiotherapist who could never use the word yoga with most of her elderly clients, but gets them moving after years of being too scared.
  5. The OT who recommends a client to the right yoga class, after appropriate inquiry into their expectations, fears and budget.
  6. A former psychologist presents the evidence for yoga and pain to her local pain clinic.
  7. The yoga teacher in country Australia who changed her language in general classes after realising someone in the group likely experiences ongoing pain.

Each of these applications is significant on their own. When we put them together we have a network of caring providers implementing an informed, educated and forward-looking approach to enhanced pain care.

To read the full report email info@yogaforpaincare.com. Or contact us about bringing Yoga for Pain Practitioner Training to your region.

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