“I wish I knew then what I know now.”
How many times have we all said that? I believe that everything happens for a reason and I probably needed to be seasoned. But as a practicing physical therapist of 40 years, I can think of more than a few patients, myself included, that could have benefited from Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MTY) and a biopsychosocial approach in treatment, wellness and life.
The conventional wisdom when I was in PT school was not to discuss with patients most aspects of the 5-limbed yogic biopsychosocial model with the exception of the physical feature.
Change is necessary. The biomedical model presently used is necessary in the management of disease. When combined with the biopsychosocial model in MTY we can provide the foundation for collaboration of interdisciplinary relationships with the support necessary for active patient participation in their health care and promotion of healthy lifestyle choices.Robbie Burney, PT