Yoga Therapy Or Corrective Exercise Therapy – Pain, sports performance, injuries and stress are just some of the things that are amenable to treatment with movement therapies. But how do you know which type of therapy to choose? Read our quick guide to two types of movement therapy – corrective exercise therapy and yoga therapy. We’ll look at what they do, how they differ, and who they are suitable for.

What is corrective exercise therapy?

Corrective exercise targets structural imbalances and areas of weakness to improve posture, fitness and performance.

A qualified coach takes you through a series of movements to identify restricted joints and underactive muscles.

Once the coach has established the problem areas, they will develop a specific exercise plan to improve strength and flexibility. They will guide you through each exercise to ensure you’re performing it correctly.

The exercise programme is progressive, so it matches your needs as your ability improves.

Who would it benefit?

Because it focuses on individual needs, corrective exercise therapy brings rapid improvements in strength, posture and movement patterns.

This makes it ideal for people who have had injuries that may still be healing, or that have been left with weakness or imbalance because of a previous injury.

People with structural disorders, such as scoliosis, can experience better balance, mobility and stamina with corrective exercise therapy. Corrective exercise clients can find this very empowering, increasing their self-confidence and trust in their own abilities.

Additionally, those who participate in sport and can benefit from corrective exercise therapy to ensure they’re functioning at their best.

Sport can be demanding on the body, and some sports require particular abilities in certain areas. For example, cricketers need great shoulder function and rotational capacity to cope with bowling, and skiers require excellent balance.

Imbalances are not just from past injury but also current daily lifestyle habits or sports movement patterns, such as sitting for long periods of time or playing single-sides sports like tennis. By identifying and correcting any sport-specific weaknesses, corrective exercise therapy can reduce the likelihood of injury occurring.

But you don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from corrective exercise therapy. Some people simply want to increase their strength, flexibility, coordination and balance, but they don’t enjoy going to the gym, or perhaps they don’t feel confident in creating their own exercise plan. A therapist will help you work towards your fitness goals while ensuring you’re exercising in the right way for you.

What is yoga therapy?

Yoga therapy incorporates all the techniques of yoga to enhance a person’s total health and well-being.

It considers integrated health, including the body and mind. Yoga therapy is an individualised form of yoga, applied to enable the practitioner to find their most complete health.

A yoga therapist will take into account your personal goals and challenges. These might be to do with flexibility, chronic pain, stress, fatigue, anxiety, sleep issues or digestive problems, to name but a few.

Drawing on yogic practices such as postures, meditation, breathing techniques and relaxation exercises, a yoga therapist will create each of your one-to-one sessions with the aim of helping you reach your goals.

Who would it benefit?

Most people would find health and well-being improvements from undertaking yoga therapy.

Yoga therapy can provide people with physical pain and conditions, such as back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and migraines, with symptom relief.

In addition, those with mental health issues will find improved mood, resilience and self-regulation through the practice of yoga therapy.

And it can reduce stress, improve sleep and lower inflammation levels in the body.

Its holistic and meditative nature, combined with the practice of breathwork, means yoga therapy is excellent for those coping with depression and anxiety disorders.

What are the key differences between corrective exercise and yoga therapy?

Both approaches aim to improve physical health and well-being.

However, corrective exercise therapy addresses specific structural imbalances and physical issues, whereas yoga therapy uses integrated mind and body practices to enhance overall mental and physical wellness.

The choice of therapy is a personal one. When deciding, consider what you want to achieve, what your preferences are around exercise and health, and how well different therapies align with your thinking.

Corrective exercise and yoga therapy in Hong Kong

Still not sure which is right for you? Get in touch with our team here at OCHK, we’d be only too pleased to advise you.

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