Chronic disease and pain are now epidemic public health problems in the United States. Rapidly evolving technology is allowing us to diagnose disease in an unprecedented way, but our current high tech system has for too long targeted sickcare, rather than healthcare. In 1948 the World Health Organization defined health as “being more than merely an absence of disease,” and yet the vast majority of our healthcare dollars are spent on chronic disease and pain, specifically multi-morbidities. This means more people than not are suffering from multiple diagnoses, and it is past time to mobilize all healthcare providers, as the WHO has charged, to tackle chronic disease and pain. Add the Lifestyle Medicine of Yoga to your professional toolkit.
Rehabilitation professionals are ideally suited to address chronic pain and disease. We generally have more time with patients and see them for longer, which enables us to develop the necessary trust relationship required to improve patient self-efficacy and confidence. The focus of Module 1 is to discuss the evidence-base which supports use of Lifestyle Medicine in rehab practice, and to teach you how to mobilize Integrative Medicine (through Medical Therapeutic Yoga methodology) and Functional Medicine as part of its practical application.
The evidence-base which supports the philosophy of Yoga to impact pain, function, and health is ever-growing, and Medical Therapeutic Yoga methodology describes a means for safe, effective implementation through streamlining clinical decision-making and operationalizing the biopsychosocial model. The model works both in pathophysiological and health promotion practice, and helps tackle not just patient assessment, diagnostics, and prescription, but also discusses the steps necessary to impact system wide change through established, evidence-informed chronic care pathways.
- Discuss the common factors responsible for general therapeutic effects across psychotherapy and rehabilitation sciences.
- Describe the yogic biopsychosocial model of assessment guidelines to practice.
- Define Lifestyle Medicine and its role in rehabilitation and health promotion.
- List the clinical components of Lifestyle Medicine and their impact on preventing and managing chronic (noncommunicable) disease and pain.
- Compare Lifestyle Medicine with Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine.
- Compare yoga, yoga therapy, and medical therapeutic yoga.
- Identify the 10 Precepts to best evidence use of yoga in healthcare and health promotion.
- Describe how medical therapeutic yoga can be used to impact acute and persistent pain and population health.
- Discuss the evidence base which connects poor lifestyle behaviors to chronic pain and noncommunicable disease.
- List the components of patient intake and interview to screen for high risk lifestyle behaviors.
- Identify models that help gauge patient readiness to change.
- List the components of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and positive psychology.
- Discuss strategies for nurturing behavior change and maintenance of healthy behaviors.
- Explain how use of non-dogmatic yogic philosophy can affect behavioral change.
- Identify the 5 A’s and how they are used in patient care.
- Describe methods for establishing effective relationship and communication with patients.
- Evaluate the key phases of lifestyle coaching in order to impact behavior change.
- Identify coaching questions that can be used at each stage of change.
- List the screening tools and diagnostic tests relevant to lifestyle-driven disease and pain.
- Interpret the diagnostic tests and screening tools per national guidelines.
- Identify when it is appropriate to refer to other healthcare providers in order to function as a multi-disciplinary team.
- Describe when group therapy visits are indicated.
- Discuss how to impact change in the 5 biopsychosocial categories that guide the lifestyle medicine in licensed practice
- List national resources available to support healthy lifestyle change.
- Cite chronic care models and evidence-based components.
- Define the PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycle.
- Describe how doctor/therapist behavior influences change in patients.
- List models for implementing health promotion into your practice.
- Identify the ways in which yoga can be personalized for evidence-based clinical practice through medical therapeutic yoga methodology.
The PYTI® certification prepares the licensed healthcare provider to:
- Personalize intervention using Lifestyle Medicine & Functional Medicine through the lens of Medical Therapeutic Yoga.
- Utilize the Functional Movement Assessment© to teach mindful movement and breath in order to impact pain, injury, chronic disease, and health promotion.
- Evaluate, diagnose (where appropriate), and design treatment through the biopsychosocial model of assessment.
- Affect behavioral health and lifestyle choices through lifestyle coaching.
- Use best-fit Integrative Medicine approaches that are evidence-based, scientifically sound in a compassionate, inclusive environment driven by person-centered care.
5 hours online learning
- After completion of Modules 1-4 and passing the exam, the clinician is eligible to be LEVEL I Certified.
- Level II Certification can be earned after attending M1-6 and passing all exams.
- Level III Certification is awarded after attending M1-7 and passing all exams.
Continuing Education Credit –
PT – PYTI® is an approved CE provider for PT in the states where courses are held. Check your state board for reciprocity and approval guidelines.
OT, AT – If you are an OT or AT and would like to earn CE credit, please contact our office so we can work with you.
If you are a nurse or physician and would like to attend, please contact our office so we can work with you.