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Yoga Health Benefits for Children in Physical Therapy

By Grace, Blessed Elements Create

Yoga has long been recognized for benefiting the mind and body but now it is being recognized in professional medical groups for the benefits it creates in physical therapy. The techniques are successfully being used for children.

Positions in yoga are accepted and confirmed as a very effective ways to correct posture, strengthen muscles and tendons in areas of tight heel chords, neck and lower back problems in children.

It is also becoming widely accepted that Yoga positions are exceedingly successful in developing language skills, motor and social development besides being used in physical therapy for medical needs.

Yoga helps strength, increase flexibility, balance, and coordination but is also contributed to improving attention and relaxation.

Besides using yoga positions to help in motor skills and coordination, yoga is now being used for children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.
Yoga for Physical TherapyChildren diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism/PDD, Development Delay and other learning disabilities are now also being encouraged to practice the correct yoga positions to help in areas needed to strengthen skills.

    Some other conditions that yoga is being used to aid are:

  • Sensory Dysfunction
  • Neurological Disorder
  • Asthma
  • Torticollis`tilt, a condition causing a rotation or flexing of the head and/or neck.)
  • Sports Injuries

Practicing yoga is found to improve children’s awareness to their body allowing them to quickly identify if they are stressed or tense in situations so they can remedy it. Relaxation practices can be achieved in school and at their desk with out bring attention to themselves.
My grand daughter was diagnosed with tight heel chords and extra cervical rib and lower back pain. Her exercises to correct these conditions are all yoga positions.

    A few of the positions recommended that she enjoys are:

  • angry cat stretch
  • prayer stretch
  • the bridge

Yoga is a fun approach for children as they enjoy the names and find it a great way to increase flexibility and enjoy seeing their progress in mastering positions at first not easily accomplished and then mastered as they improve their bodies.

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15 comments on “Yoga Health Benefits for Children in Physical Therapy
  1. Barb W. says:

    This is really interesting information. With all the benefits, I think this is something I need to consider. Could be a terrific family activity!

  2. Pam says:

    My daughter is in PT for a joint disorder. I will have her ask if yoga can help her.

  3. Kari Ann says:

    That is so great that yoga can be used for so many things. I prefer to use natural methods whenever possible. I need to start incorporating Yoga more into my own life as well. Thanks for this great post.

  4. Susan says:

    This would be great for my daughter, we could do this together, get fit and have fun!

  5. Rosey says:

    I can see where Yoga could be very beneficial to children. My son’s wife’s mom ran Yoga instructions for children for years and she still talks about how wonderful it was to do so.

  6. They use a few yoga poses and such with my daughters physical therapy. It has really helped.

  7. LaQuita says:

    I had no idea that yoga was used to help with asthma, you definitely learn something new every day. I love yoga and I love doing it with the kids. We need to do it more often, but my eight year old daughter absolutely loves getting in the zone and doing different yoga poses.

  8. My oldest daughter has ADHD. I never heard of yoga being helpful for kids with these type of disablities. I am going to check in on this for my daughter. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Tasha says:

    I had no idea that there were so many benefits of Yoga! I’ve always wanted to try it out. This post just gave me that push 🙂 Thanks for sharing all the great benefits. Great to see it’s beneficial for children as well.

  10. Wow – that is so awesome to hear how Yoga is expanding it’s benefits into other realms of medicine. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Taralyn says:

    We have a children’s yoga book that has been so helpful to us. I agree that it is highly beneficial for children. Thanks for the reminder!

  12. Donna says:

    I would really like to get into yoga and my son actually asked me to do yoga with him recently… so what a timely post! 🙂

  13. My daughter does yoga and she’s 9. She says it relaxes her and makes her feel happy. Kids these days have a lot of stress so it’s good to hear that yoga can help.

  14. Daisy says:

    Thanks for sharing! My son does yoga at preschool and I think that it is a fantastic idea and that he is lucky to have teachers to work with him on this.

  15. Carlee C says:

    Great post, and very informative. I’m sure my children would be open to trying yoga.

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