I had a brief conversation with a local physical therapist, Kelly, tonight after yoga. She complemented me on how well I was doing in class. I never feel that I am, but the yoga instructor, Rebekah, also a physical therapist, does an outstanding job of showing me how to modify positions.
I said that I felt something like yoga exercises should be a mandatory part of the healing process after prolonged chronic pain and surgery. She agreed, and said that anyone who has lived in a painful body has learned things they cannot do. And they need to be shown that they CAN do more things, but need to learn or understand that.
To me this drives home the point that surgery and physical therapy are only a portion of the healing tools necessary for successful chronic pain recovery. And that activities like yoga, which I never imagined myself being able to do, are capable of being adapted for special circumstances and serve to reintegrate our mind and body for improved health and lifestyle.
I would love to hear comments about your experiences or thoughts on this.