Why Language Matters and Safety is Sovereign
Rehabilitation isn’t just science, it’s also art.
Thanks to Dr. Joe Tatta for inviting me to speak up about my first love – blending science and story.
In this podcast I discuss the art and science of what we do in yoga, why polyvagal theory is critical for healing and optimal health, why language matters, and why safety is, indeed, sovereign.
What is polyvagal theory and how does it relate to health or chronic disease?
Signs of safety cause our nervous system to relax. Signs of DANGER cause our nervous system to react, over react or become overly sensitive. A sensitive nervous system may lead to persistent pain and other chronic health problems. The brain constantly receives input from the outside world and has the task of deciphering safety from danger.
Language is evaluated by the brain and can either assist in health or whittle down ones vitality. The language you use and hear can be a sign of danger or safety.
Dr. Ginger Garner, DPT, ATC/LAT, PYT, joins the Healing Pain Podcast to discuss the pivotal role of language in healing. Ginger is a doctor of physical therapy, athletic trainer and professional yoga therapist. Dr. Garner not only provides strategies for your health but also shares her own story and challenges negotiating our health care system.
In This Episode You Will Learn:
- How polyvagal theory relates to pain, health and disease.
- Why language matters in the healing process.
- Autonomic tone, the nervous system and its role in health and disease.
- The difference between homeostasis versus allostasis.
- The concept of safety being sovereign and its relation to health.
- How breath and sound affect vagal tone.