This is a part of the Hot Topic podcast series from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center on Exercise After Burn Injury. Cheri Blauwet, MD, Researcher discusses The Benefits of Yoga for People with Burn Injury.

Cheri Blauwet, M.D.

Director, Kelley Institute for Adaptive Sports Research

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Some of the secondary conditions that can come as part of experiencing a burn injury are particularly addressed with activities, exercise that involves more slow, steady stretching‑based movement patterns. So things like yoga can be extremely powerful both for maintaining mobility and range of motion but also for relaxation, mental health, and a number of other benefits.

Jeffrey Schneider, M.D.

Project Director, Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System Center

Medical Director, Burn & Trauma, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

I know a lot of people like Joy have really found that yoga is something that speaks to them and has been really helpful in the recovery from a burn injury. Yoga can be adapted to various different formats. There is yoga that’s in a chair. There is yoga doing twists and turns and acrobatics, you know, for people who are at a higher level of doing that. But, you know, it can be adapted to different levels and where people are at. But I think one of the keys to yoga is stretching, flexibility, strengthening, which are all sort of key to combating a lot of the challenges that people face after a burn injury.

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