Ginger Garner has always described her therapeutic practice as ‘slow medicine’, offering an antidote to the ‘drive-thru’ for short term gain approach of ‘fast’ healthcare delivery.
The concept of ‘slow medicine’ is a perfect description of what this book covers and why yoga therapists and other healthcare professionals will find its content and approach invaluable as they strive to achieve long term health improvements and wellness in patients and clients.
For yoga to be used safely as medicine and to meet the needs of today’s society, yoga postures should evolve by embracing the current evidence base. Medical Therapeutic Yoga provides this evolution by including the evidence base to facilitate the development of integrative health care practices and protocols.
• This book serves as a modern, non-dogmatic, evidence-based guide to yoga posture and breath prescription based on the most current biomechanical and neurophysiological theory and common mechanisms of injury.
• Offers an antidote to the drive-thru short-term gain, long-term loss of ‘fast-food’ healthcare delivery.
• Medical Therapeutic Yoga covers injury prevention and wellness, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional health and well-being.
• The book applies yoga as medicine for physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, sports medicine, pain management, and physical and rehabilitative medicine.
• Evolution of the postures and breath techniques, via the evidence-based precepts presented in the book, will provide a patient-centered biopsychosocial model of assessment through the lens of integrative medicine and orthopaedics.
• Medical Therapeutic Yoga brings a large body of work, known as medical therapeutic yoga, to health care professionals, making provision for safe and relevant application of yoga postures as medicine.
• The book is accompanied by an online reference of photographic sequences for medical yoga program planning and prescription.
This book will be invaluable for:
health care professionals, yoga therapists, and yoga teachers, including but not limited to:
physical therapy and manual therapy
osteopathy and orthopaedics
physical and rehabilitative medicine
About the Author:
Dr. Garner is an orthopaedic physical therapist, author, and educator whose focus is yoga’s use in healthcare and self-care. Her clinical specialties include the pelvis and hip, pain management, and injury prevention and public health advocacy. Dr. Garner is the founder of Professional Yoga Therapy Institute, an international, interdisciplinary post-professional medical yoga therapy certification for healthcare professionals. Dr. Garner lectures internationally and teaches for multiple universities and organizations. She lectures and pursues research on yogic biopsychosocial and interdisciplinary care at her alma mater, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an advocate for equal rights and access to biopsychosocial-driven healthcare via improving health literacy for yoga’s inclusion in health- and wellness care, particularly to foster gender equity in healthcare, improve access to PT, and social justice for mothers. Ginger lives with her husband and three sons in the United States.