Here's a list of objective finding you can gather from placing a patient in child's pose:
Whenever I assess a patient in a yoga posture, I always ask for their feedback on what parts of their body feel uncomfortable. This gives me further insight into asymmetries and the patient’s perception of pain or discomfort.
For example, a patient comes into the clinic complaining of neck and upper back pain. We can use child’s pose to make several assessments:
From a single pose I know I want to look further into the following findings:
By simply putting the patient in child’s pose, I am able to collect these objective findings in a matter of seconds. If I had performed an upper quarter screen, it would have taken much more time to zero in on these findings, and I may have missed the asymmetries present at the hip and pelvis. Now I have an idea of why the patient’s neck and thoracic spine is irritated. These areas are trying to help the body compensate for lack of motion elsewhere.
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Reference: Garner, G. 2001. Professional Yoga Therapy, Volume I. Professional Yoga Therapy Institute, Living Well, US.
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