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300 photographs and 50 line drawings
3 October 2016
Handspring Publishing

£37.50 GBP / $49.50 USD

Yoga, Physical Therapy, Sport and Fitness

Medical Therapeutic Yoga

Biopsychosocial rehabilitation and wellness care

£37.50 GBP / $49.50 USD Free delivery in the UK and USA

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Dr. Garner is an orthopaedic physical therapist, author, and educator devoted to helping people overcome trauma and pain.

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Ginger Garner has always described her therapeutic practice as ‘slow medicine’, offering an antidote to the ‘drive-thru’ for short term gain approach of ‘fast’ healthcare delivery.

The concept of ‘slow medicine’ is a perfect description of what this book covers and why yoga therapists and other healthcare professionals will find its content and approach invaluable as they strive to achieve long term health improvements and wellness in patients and clients.

For yoga to be used safely as medicine and to meet the needs of today’s society, yoga postures should evolve by embracing the current evidence base. Medical Therapeutic Yoga provides this evolution by including the evidence base to facilitate the development of integrative health care practices and protocols.


• This book serves as a modern, non-dogmatic, evidence-based guide to yoga posture and breath prescription based on the most current biomechanical and neurophysiological theory and common mechanisms of injury.

• Offers an antidote to the drive-thru short-term gain, long-term loss of ‘fast-food’ healthcare delivery.

Medical Therapeutic Yoga covers injury prevention and wellness, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, and organizational and professional health and well-being.

• The book applies yoga as medicine for physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, sports medicine, pain management, and physical and rehabilitative medicine.

• Evolution of the postures and breath techniques, via the evidence-based precepts presented in the book, will provide a patient-centered biopsychosocial model of assessment through the lens of integrative medicine and orthopaedics.

Medical Therapeutic Yoga brings a large body of work, known as medical therapeutic yoga, to health care professionals, making provision for safe and relevant application of yoga postures as medicine.

• The book is accompanied by an online reference of photographic sequences for medical yoga program planning and prescription.

This book will be invaluable for:

health care professionals, yoga therapists, and yoga teachers, including but not limited to:

  • physical therapy and manual therapy
  • chiropractic
  • osteopathy and orthopaedics
  • physical and rehabilitative medicine
  • occupational therapy
  • athletic training
  • massage therapy

Chapter One Precepts for Safe Yoga Posture Practice in Medicine:

Chapter Two Using Algorithms in Medical Therapeutic Yoga

Chapter Three The Evidence Base

Chapter Four The Mechanical Foundations

Chapter Five Postural Biomechanics: Standing

Chapter Six Postural Biomechanics: Seated & Kneeling

Chapter Seven Postural Biomechanics: Supine

Chapter Eight Postural Biomechanics: Prone

Chapter Nine Postural Biomechanics: Inversions

Chapter Ten Putting It All Together: The Art of Yogic Medicine

Chapter Eleven Considerations for Medical Providers & Yoga Professionals

Addendum Virtual Toolkit Aids, Business Model Troubleshooting, Templates for MTY Practice, & Glossary of Terms

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