Yoga for Aphasia

In their review, the authors of this paper found that offering integrative treatment for people with aphasia allows potential for high impact gains when combined with current speech language therapeutic practices.

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Aug 30, 2016
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27569048

Aphasia is a condition that affects the brain and leads to problems using language correctly. People with aphasia make mistakes in the words they use, sometimes using the wrong sounds in a word, choosing the wrong word, or putting words together incorrectly.

Aphasia also affects speaking and writing in the same way.

Aphasia is caused by damage to parts of the brain responsible for understanding and using language. Common causes include stroke (which is thought to be the most common cause), severe head injury, brain tumour, and progressive neurological conditions. The us of integrative treatment practices in the field of aphasiology remains sadly limited. The linked paper here attempts to address the different alternative practices that could potentially be used to remediate aphasia, including yoga and meditation.

In their review, the authors of this paper found that offering integrative treatment for people with aphasia allows potential for high impact gains when combined with current speech language therapeutic practices. They conclude that combining treatment approaches could be viewed as a viable approach to clinical practice and in the health care system for this population. We will watch and wait for more research into this important area and share what we find with you here! Namaste.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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