After an injury, the biggest complaint that follows is often rehabilitation.
For local chiropractor Amber Beckley, the introduction of yoga as a form of rehab has changed the way her patients heal.
“I started taking yoga classes when I was in chiropractic school, only at the local facility, the local gym there,” Beckley said. “And I just fell in love with her. It was a great stress reliever during the intensive chiropractic curriculum.”
Beckley was certified as a yoga teacher prior to graduating from Logan University in St. Louis and started a yoga program at a local clinic where she saw patients.
“I just started a yoga program in the waiting room. We moved the chairs and did yoga there for the patients who would come to the clinic.”
Since then, Beckley has opened her own chiropractic clinic, where she and her staff are not only full-time chiropractors, but also offer seven yoga classes per week. Some classes are designed for injury rehabilitation, while others are only beginner and intermediate levels.
“I’ve done stretches and exercises with my patients before, and I would include lots of yoga poses in those stretches,” Beckley said. “I just wouldn’t tell them they do this, especially the guys. They didn’t want to know that they were doing a yoga pose, but then I realized that I should have classes once a week, and my patients can do that come and learn the routes together. “
The largest classes are only six or seven people. Beckley said while they are certified yoga classes, she likes to keep the class size small to pay special attention to those working toward a specific health goal or improving joint pain.
“Far more patients come than the public, but we have a handful of specific days when the same people who came from the beginning sign up, or people who only came to the clinic once or twice, or people who Who Have Never Come I was a customer but just came back from the last place I taught, “said Beckley.
According to their website beckleychiropractic.com, yoga increases flexibility, strength, and muscle building. improves breathing, energy and vitality; helps balance metabolism, weight loss, cardiovascular and circulatory health; improves athletic performance; and helps in injury prevention.
Tuition is $ 10 and registration is required. To register, call (785) -234-5056.
“For some reason, it’s more fun calling it yoga,” Beckley said.