10:21 AM

Two Yoga Therapists Join Pain Management Program


For questions about Cook Children's yoga therapy, please contact Chansey Pullen, Pain Management coordinator, at chansey.pullen@cookchildrens.org or 682-885-3621. 

yoga therapistsWe are excited to offer pediatric yoga therapy services at Cook Children’s Medical Center!  

While yoga is a general term of practice, “yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practice of Yoga” (International Association of Yoga Therapists). Therefore, our yoga therapists are here to help alleviate physical and mental health conditions by cultivating the mind-body connection. 

Yoga therapy aligns the needs of the patient with the particular practice required. Our therapists are able to work with children of all developmental abilities, allowing them to participate with low back pain or physical disability with very specific yoga from their bed, chair or floor in their own room.

For example, with positions and postures to increase strength, circulation, range of motion, proprioception and balance. Likewise, with anxiety, there are specialized sessions to raise self-awareness and regulate the central nervous system.  

By developing a positive relationship with their body, the patient is more likely to have a beneficial outcome from other prescribed therapies that are part of their medical treatment.   

Sessions consist of breathing exercises, postures, meditation, and relaxation techniques. Conditions addressed may include stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, Musculoskeletal problems, autoimmune diseases, Insomnia, IBS, Cancer, and others.   

Individual yoga therapy consults are available to inpatients throughout the medical center. Group classes are available for the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit and Partial Hospitalization Program. If you would like your patient to benefit from individual yoga therapy, place an Inpatient Consult to Yoga Therapy. 

For more information, check out these articles: