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Greet your recovering spine each day with some simple yoga exercises. Yoga is recommended for some patients recovering from spinal fusion surgery. When considering yoga in recovery it is very important to gain approval from your physician before practicing yoga. Be sure to practice with a knowledgeable, experienced yoga teacher who has studied yoga therapeutics and can tailor a practice specific to your rehabilitation program. Not all yoga poses are appropriate for patients recovering from spinal fusion, since twists, and forward and back bends, are often contraindicated. The fusion needs some time to heal and become stable, so flexing and twisting movements should be avoided.

Yoga instructors recommend only static, standing poses, rather than flowing sequences, for patients who are recovering from spine surgeries. Slower, gentler styles of yoga such as lyengar yoga focus on proper body alignment and precise movements. These gentle standing and balancing poses maintain the spine’s integrity and build strength and stability, without flexion and twisting. Yoga standing poses, such as Mountain Pose and Chair Pose, focus on lengthening through the spine. The Downward-facing Dog against a Wall pose also mimics a straight spine. But, again, don’t try even these gentle poses without the coaching of a yoga teacher, who can instruct you in the use of yoga props such as blocks, straps, and bolsters to support your movements and ease your way into each pose.

Find an instructor who has experience working with back surgery patients. A well-trained, knowledgeable instructor will be able to guide you in which poses you should and shouldn’t do, and can offer modifications whenever necessary. If possible, schedule some private lessons with an instructor for more individualized help in creating the right yoga practice for you.

Before beginning any yoga practice, talk with your doctor, physical therapist, or healthcare provider about adding it to your pain management plan or rehabilitation.


SOURCE: http://www.thebetterwayback.org/the-back-beat-blog/namaste-spine/

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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