High stress is a worldwide threat to our health. A poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Public Radio, and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports that 85% of working adults rate the efforts of their workplace in reducing stress as fair or poor. And 43% of working adults report that their job negatively affects their stress levels, which sends a clear message. We need to be taking action to reduce stress at work, since it spills over into our home and impacts every area of our personal lives and health. Medical Therapeutic Yoga and Lifestyle Medicine is a pathway to relief.
What’s more is nearly 30% of those workers also reported that stress impacts their eating habits, sleep, and ability to manage their weight. Weight is clearly a risk factor for osteoarthritis development, one of the many reasons patients end up in our office as clinicians. The John Hopkins Arthritis Center states that overweight women have nearly 4 times the risk of knee OA and overweight men have 5 times greater risk of OA. And that being only 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 40-60 pounds with each step. Nutrition and sleep also play a remarkable role in health and well-being. Nutrition is addressed in Module 3, and sleep science and intervention is included in this module.
In 2014 the Centers for Disease Control declared sleep deprivation a public health epidemic, with over 70 million adults suffering from disordered sleep. A 2013 poll reported the average American sleeps only 6.8 hours a night, less than the recommended amount. And 40% of Americans log even less time than that. People are sleeping less than ever in recorded history (at the turn of the 20th century people slept, on average, 9 hours a night);, and it poses serious health risks. Research links sleep issues with depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s, for starters. In 2015, $52 billion was spent on sleep-related products in the US by consumers.
There are many holistic, low-cost, and low-tech ways to tackle the epidemic double threat of sleep deprivation and emotional distress. This Medical Therapeutic Yoga and Lifestyle Medicine webinar will tackle these issues by teaching you concrete ways to improve emotional and whole body health through two major modes of intervention: sleep and sound medicine. Psychologically informed therapies, meditation and mindfulness, music and sound interventions, and how to use the voice to optimize therapeutic landscape and patient outcomes will be included as practical, immediately-applicable modalities to add to your clinical and self-care toolbox.
- Discuss the evidence base that correlates emotional distress and its comorbid conditions with poor health.
- List screening tools for stress, depression and anxiety.
- Describe the role of the doctor/therapist in addressing emotional health through voice and sound.
- Identify red flags that would necessitate referral to a mental healthcare professional.
- Describe healthy self-regulation through an understanding of polyvagal theory.
- Cite the evidence that supports positive psychology as a part of lifestyle medicine.
- Compare and contrast the different types of stress.
- Cite the evidence that supports Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in affecting self-regulation and perceived stress states.
- Identify the major facets of using meditation and MBSR in practice.
- List types of meditation practices.
- Describe how mindfulness can be of benefit to the clinician and patient.
- Describe the role of music and sound in empathy, attunement, and resonance in patient-provider relationship.
- Describe how vocal quality affects mind-body psychophysiology.
- List the major components of the Orofacial Examination.
- Cite the evidence base for including Vocal Functioning Exercises in practice to affect vagal tone and vocal therapeutic impact.
- Identify the major components of Vocal Functioning Exercises and vocal practice.
- List the parameters for trauma-informed music and sound selection to impact well-being.
- Identify how vocal production and preservation can improve physical health, core stability, effective leadership and public speaking.
- Cite the evidence that supports sleep’s role in health and functioning.
- Describe the role of light and melatonin production in sleep.
- Describe the role sleep plays in emotional well-being.
- Identify inventories used to screen for sleep disorders.
- Describe at risk populations for disordered sleep.
- List 5 biopsychosocial interventions for improving sleep hygiene.
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.