Monday, December 20, 2010

Post Op Yoga Diaries Part I

For those of you who are still confused about what Post Op Yoga is I've decided to keep a blogary (blog/diary) of how yoga can aide patients post surgically. I will choose a specific surgery each time to focus on and explain the what, whens, wheres, hows and whys. If you have suggestions about which surgeries you'd like for me to focus on, please email me here . And thanks!

Blogary Part I:

Liposuction/Fat Transfer to the Buttock

Patients that have undergone the liposuction and fat transfer to the buttock procedure may experience soreness and varying degrees of pain. The incision sites where the liposuction was performed may be tender but the majority of the discomfort post surgically will come from the buttocks and the inability to sit or sleep properly for the first week and a half. After about a week when everything has settled down and you're on your way to recovery, this is a good time to introduce mild breathing exercises and a meditation practice. The breathing will initially concentrate its focus away from the discomfort and uneasy areas and will gradually work it's way up to breathing directly into areas of tension, tenderness, and stress. The meditation will be light and simple. We will start out with an initial regiment of 5 min at a time. The guidance on which meditation is most appropriate will vary from person to person and depend on their experience with stillness practices. Generally one is taught to meditate in a seated position, but for fat transfer patients sitting is a bit of a challenge at first so we can get creative about where and how you can sit. It's important to dedicate a special space in your home for your yoga and mediation practice so that you have an area that you design based on your comfort and taste to create an area of refuge. Make sure that this space has sufficient room for sitting and also practice with legs open wide.

After a few weeks as per the doctor's recommendation we will begin to introduce yoga postures in addition to your breathing and meditation practices. At about 6 weeks we can begin asana also known as  pose or posture in Sanskrit. Asanas will vary depending on areas that have been liposuctioned. Classically if you've had liposuction from the belly area, thighs, and/or flanks we can work on postures ranging from plank to bow pose. The sequence will be modified depending on the individuals needs and abilities. Please see images below for the types of postures you might encounter in your session. Enjoy and please send me questions and/or comments!

Modified Chatturanga Dandasana aka Plank Pose

Bhujangasana aka Cobra Pose

Ashva Sanchalanasana aka High Lunge or Rider's Pose

Dhanurasana aka Bow Pose

Purvottonasana aka Table Pose

Utkatasana aka Chair Pose

Crescent Pose