Expert Series: Yoga and Pain Science with Neil Pearson, Shelly Prosko, and Marlysa Sullivan
The co-editors/co-authors of the book Yoga and Science in Pain Care, Shelly Prosko, Marlysa Sullivan and Neil Pearson shared some of the key concepts presented in their new textbook. They spoke about how people can use the book to assist people living in pain, and answered questions related to pain, the lived experience of pain, and yoga therapy as part of evidence-based pain care for physiotherapists, yoga therapists, and healthcare professionals.
Here are a Few Key Highlights from our Conversation:
Topics of Discussion:
- Are there certain patients or conditions that seem to benefit most from the addition of yoga therapy?
- Does adding yoga therapy to physiotherapy (physical therapy) improve PT care?
- Are we suggesting that yoga therapists should learn ‘western’ pain care including PT?
- What’s one thing about the assessment or care of people in pain that you learned in the process of writing for the book?
- What’s the one key technique or concept that you wish everyone knew and used?
- How does yoga help us understand the relationship between what's arising in our body, our mind and the world around us and how this can lead to the experience of suffering.
- How to understand yoga from a philosophical perspective, rather than just a breath technique or pain distraction technique.
There were many resources and references shared throughout this webinar with Neil, Shelly, and Marlysa. We have summarized all of them for you in this list. To get the most out of the conversation, we suggest that you watch the full recording, which you can do by clicking the button below:
About the Instructors:
Neil Pearson. PT, MSc(RHBS), BA-BPHE, C-IAYT, ERYT500.
Shelly Prosko, PT, C-IAYT, CPI
Shelly is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, educator and pioneer of PhysioYoga with over 20 years of experience integrating yoga into rehabilitation with a focus on helping people suffering from chronic or persistent pain, pelvic health conditions and professional burnout. She guest lectures at yoga and physiotherapy programs, presents at yoga therapy and medical conferences globally, provides mentorship to health providers, offers onsite and online continuing education courses for yoga and health professionals and is a Pain Care U Yoga Trainer. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, Canada and believes that cultivating meaningful connections, compassion and joy can be powerful contributors to recovery and well-being. Shelly is co-editor of the book Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain.
Please visit www.physioyoga.ca to learn more
Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, C-IAYT
Marlysa is an assistant professor in integrative health sciences and yoga therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is adjunct faculty at Emory University where she teaches the integration of yoga and meditation into physical therapy practice. She is a physiotherapist and yoga therapist with a focus on helping people suffering from pain, orthopedic, and neurologic conditions. She presents at conferences internationally and is part of the global consortium of yoga therapy collaborating with yoga therapists around the world to share and further the development of the yoga therapy field. Her research interests focus on the integration of yoga therapy into modern healthcare contexts and bridging ancient wisdom with contemporary science and thought. She is the co-editor/co-author of Yoga and Science in Pain Care, and the upcoming book Understanding Yoga Therapy Applied Philosophy and Science for Well-being.