26 Apr Can Yoga help in Psychosomatic Disease?
An individual’s mental state impacts the degree of severity and physical manifestation. The physical symptoms are mainly caused due to somatization or somatoform because of psychological factors.
In fact, 90% of psychosomatic diseases happen due to stress that goes unchecked. The symptoms are due to increased activity or disturbances of nervous impulses which are sent from the brain to various parts of the body.
Common Symptoms associated with Psychosomatic disease are:
- Specific sensations or unexplained pain
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue or weakness
Biological, social and psychic parameters of health are determinant in Psychosomatic disorders. Yogic approaches account for all the factors and closely work to integrate the normal interrelationship. Thus, the yoga way of life which originated more than 2,500 years ago in India and compiled by Sage Patanjali is remarkably unique and successful in managing psychosomatic diseases.
Yoga therapy treats the patients and stresses the importance of somatopsychic functioning. Yogic approaches have been successfully used in the management of many Psychosomatic diseases/conditions such as bronchial asthma, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, heart attacks, anxiety, depression, etc. to name a few.
Yoga practices that can help ally Psychosomatic symptoms are:
Kriyas – Internal cleanse that gives through cleaning and benefits the nerve endings techniques as kapalabhati, Trataka, Neti, etc. These kriyas help to get rid of the harmful pathogens and boosts the immune system.
Rest and Relaxation – For all types of Psychosomatic conditions rest and relaxation are crucial. Shavasana, NisphandaBhava, Pratipaksha Bhavana helps to declutter the mind. Also helps to relax the nervous system deeply.
Asanas – Physical practices of Asanas with proper breathing practices provides the gentle form of exercise and benefits the mental faculties.
Pranayamas – Breathing techniques directly benefit mental faculties and relaxes the nervous system.
Besides these benefits, Yoga practice increases awareness about oneself and of surroundings. The individual gets aware of the fundamental physical sensations such as pulse, breathing, heartbeat, etc. it also increases concentration and attention span.
One of the reasons it is difficult for a Psychosomatic patient to return to work is because of the markedly reduced attention span and distractibility. By practicing yoga, a patient is able to maintain a state of focused attention with ease and for more extended periods.
Ideas of acceptance and adaptableness are a part of yoga counseling and help the individuals to make a good transition from the yoga therapy center to the outside world.