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C-142

Yoga: A Holistic Approach to Treating Multidimensional Pain After Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder (SCI/D)

McNair K, Baig K
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange, NJ, 07052

Title of Course: Yoga: A Holistic Approach to Treating Multidimensional Pain After Spinal Cord Injury/ Disorder (SCI/D)

Type of Course: Interactive (hands-on)
Short Course (60 minutes)

Synopsis: Individuals with acute and chronic spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D) experience multidimensional pain related to a myriad of physical and emotional issues and the complex interrelationship that exists between them. This relationship often results in long-term pain, maladaptive behaviors and coping strategies as well as reliance on pharmacological management, which in turn, presents many of its own secondary complications and may reinforce the pain cycle.1,2 Therefore, a more holistic approach to treating pain may be warranted and according to the literature, those with neurological diagnoses are more open to and are seeking Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies with greater frequency, with the most popular option being mind-body therapies. CAM therapies, including yoga practice, can decrease pain and increase quality of life in individuals with SCI.1,3 The yoga principles of breathing exercises, postures, guided meditation, and mindfulness have been proven to increase body awareness and sense of wellbeing as well as improve autonomic regulation in those with disability related to neurological conditions.1,4,5 This course provides an overview of specific therapeutic practices that can be utilized as early as acute bedside to manage pain after SCI/D. Additionally, this course will discuss the specific physiological impacts of each yoga practice on the pain response in order to address each type of pain experienced after SCI/D. We will provide evidence-based examples of using yoga to address multidimensional pain and provide a handout to take back to the clinic for professionals to utilize in their own practice.​

Course chair:
Karyn Baig, PT, DPT, RYT
Clinical Specialist Physical Therapist
Outpatient Spinal Cord Injury
Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation
West Orange, NJ
kbaig@kessler-rehab.com

Faculty:
Keara McNair, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, RYT
Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury
Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation
West Orange, NJ
kmsavage@selectmedical.com

Funding Source: None

Financial Disclosures: Karyn Baig & Keara McNair are salaried employees of Select Medical/ Kessler Rehabilitation.

Draft agenda:
0:00 – 0:10 Background of yoga and pain practices (Karyn Baig)
0:10 – 0:30 Breathing and postures as pain intervention [including hands-on application] (Karyn Baig/ Keara McNair)
0:30 – 0:50 Mindfulness for pain management [including hands-on application] (Karyn Baig/ Keara McNair)
0:50 – 0:60 Discussion and review of handout (Keara McNair)


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