Yoga Therapy for Stroke: A Handbook for Yoga Therapists and Healthcare Professionals is a new book by Arlene A. Schmid & Marieke Van Puymbroeck. The book is a guide to Yoga therapy for post-stroke rehabilitation. It was written for Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists—but also for occupational, recreational, physical and speech therapists who work with people with stroke and may integrate Yoga into their practice.
Rooted in evidence-based research and written by two Yoga teachers who are also academics and researchers in rehabilitation, the book provides basic information about stroke and neuroplasticity, discusses the mind body disconnect that often occurs after stroke, and provides instruction on how to improve balance, strength and range of motion. It also covers effective meditation techniques to help overcome the stress and emotional impact of stroke.
Clear photographs demonstrate Yoga postures and activities specifically adapted for stroke patients, alongside case studies.
About the Authors:
Arlene A. Schmid, Ph.D. is professor of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University’s College of Health & Human Sciences. She conducted numerous research studies on stroke rehabilitation, neuro-rehabilitation and complementary and alternative therapies such as Yoga.
Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Ph.D. is a Roy Distinguished Professor of Health Innovation Research and coordinator of the Recreational Therapy program at Clemson University. She has served two years as president of the National Academy of Recreational Therapists. Dr. Van Puymbroeck serves as the President of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.