Hospital Care

Thank YOU

In my hospital job, it is customary for my manager Nora to print out letters of appreciation that we occasionally receive from our patients. In honor of that tradition, and as yoga teachers we know it is even less frequent, I am posting a recent email I received from a student. To all the yoga [...]

Thank YOU2019-10-09T19:43:49+00:00

Yoga After a Spinal Fusion – Class 1

Pranayama- Ujjayi breathing in to lower abdomen and diaphragm (lying on back) Mudra: Rupa Mudra for Bone Health Body Awareness- place thin support under lumbar spine for isometric abdominal toning (belly button towards spine); one at a time, lift each knee to chest on exhale. […]

Yoga After a Spinal Fusion – Class 12019-10-09T19:43:50+00:00

Spinal Fusion Rehabilitation

Two important concepts throughout the lumbar fusion therapy protocol are maintenance of a neutral spine and core stabilization. Stabilization can be defined as a balance between strength, flexibility and postural control and a neutral spine can be thought of as a dynamic position between flexion and extension, making it possible to maintain a neutral spine [...]

Spinal Fusion Rehabilitation2019-10-09T19:43:50+00:00

Spinal Fusions

Last week a yoga student of mine fell off a ladder and fractured his first lumbar vertebrae. On Monday he underwent a spinal fusion to join together 5 vertebrae, the two above (T11, T12) and the two below (L2, L3). What is a spinal fusion? With a lumbar fusion, a posterolateral approach is common which [...]

Spinal Fusions2019-10-09T19:43:51+00:00

Seating and Wheelchair Positioning

Wheelchair Seating & Positioning Laura Staton, OTR/L, RYT Staten Island University Hospital 10/19/13 The Pelvis The pelvis links the vertebral column with the LE’s and defines the base of the trunk. Pelvic bowl formed by 2 pelvic bones (ilium, ischium, pubis) and sacrum. Important bony landmarks are ASIS, PSIS and ischial tuberosity (sitting bone). The [...]

Seating and Wheelchair Positioning2019-10-09T19:43:52+00:00

What are Cervical Stenosis and Myelopathy?

Cervical Stenosis: Is when the spinal canal is too small for the spinal cord. A normal canal diameter is approximately 13-15mm and a narrowing of the canal of less than 10mm diameter is associated with cervical stenosis. A canal of below 13mm is considered at risk for stenosis. Symptoms of cervical stenosis include neck pain [...]

What are Cervical Stenosis and Myelopathy?2013-07-17T22:40:44+00:00

Herniated Discs, Sciatica & Spinal Stenosis

Dr Loren Fishman, a back-pain and rehabilitative medicine specialist who has long incorporated yoga into patient care and studies Iyengar Yoga, published an article in the New York Times on 5/8/13 called Advice on Practicing Yoga in Middle age. Responding to questions about practicing yoga with herniated disc Dr. Fishman made the following statements: - [...]

Herniated Discs, Sciatica & Spinal Stenosis2013-06-13T21:55:04+00:00

Sciatica!

The sciatic nerve innervates all muscles of the posterior thigh, leg and foot. It is as thick as a finger and is formed from the nerve roots that originate from the sacral plexus (groups of nerves) that emerge from the vertebrae between L4 and S3. It is actually two combined nerves, the tibeal nerve and [...]

Sciatica!2013-03-16T19:21:51+00:00

Gluteal Muscles: Superficial

The gluteal muscles are comprised of two layers, superficial and deep. The superficial muscles are what we commonly think of as our buttocks and include the gluteus maximus, minimus and medius and the tensor fascia lata. Extensor and lateral rotation: The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle of the body. The maximus attaches to the [...]

Gluteal Muscles: Superficial2013-02-13T18:05:01+00:00

Facilitating Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury: The Power of the Team

The following is an abridged power point excerpt from a lecture I heard in Chicago in June. It is specifically about SCI but can be extrapolated to other serious life altering events as well such as CVA, Burns and TBI to name a few. Facilitating Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury: The Power of the Team [...]

Facilitating Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury: The Power of the Team2012-09-26T19:51:01+00:00

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