Senstive nervous system

sensitve nervous system and Physiotherapy

Some of the techniques used in Physiotherapy for sensitive nervous system and to restore movement are

YIN Yoga

QI Gong Exercises

Remapping exercises

Tai Chi

Feldenkrais exercises,

Franklin exercises

QI Gong exercises

Increases Descending Inhibition

• Increases Inhibition in the Sensori-Motor Cortex

• Rotary: Multi-planar

• Gentle, within painfree range

• Novel movement

• Evokes the Relaxation Response

Qi Gong- CNS focused

• Goal (the why behind the what): to address active tension in the muscles (pain on palpation- tension myalgia)

• Yin Yoga

• Focused on lengthening connective tissues and passive structures

• Focuses on creating stillness in the CNS

• Goal (the why behind the what): to address passive tension in the muscles (stiffness)

Tai Chi

YIN yoga, nervous system and physiotherapy

YIN is the opposite of Yang. Yang encompasses all hatha based yoga practices including Bikram,

Moksha, Power yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Flow yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga yoga to name a few

YIN is yoga for the connective tissue, ligaments, bones and joints rather than the muscles.

In YIN the postures are specifically designed to target the CT. For that reason, the names are different, so

that a YANG practitioner does not associate a posture that may LOOK similar but has a completely

different purpose in the YIN practice.

YIN teaches us stillness, patience and acceptance. Yang strives to accomplish something

YIN specifically targets the area of hips, pelvis and lower spine.

YIN uses NO muscular engagement. Yang engages the muscular system

YIN yoga lets go of striving, using props to relax the muscular system

YIN encompasses long held, static stresses of the deep connective tissues allowing them to be remodeled.

In each posture, the CT is either stretched, compressed or sheared/twisted.

Connective tissue is very plastic in nature and requires long holds for any stretch to occur.

To stretch connective tissue, the overlying muscles must be relaxed. If the muscles are tense, the

connective tissue won’t receive the proper stress.

When those muscles are completely inactive and quiet, there will be no talking, fidgeting or distractions

YIN is NOT Restorative yoga which is a comfortable, passive practice

YIN rides the edge of “discomfort” to challenge the fascia and connective tissue allowing the connective tissue

time to marinate in the posture and eventually change in shape.

It can be quite challenging due to the long duration of the postures. It is not a practice that is meant

to be ‘comfortable.’ Ultimately the practice will allow for a balance between striving and letting go.

It is an invitation to listen to the body.

The “Edge” should never exceed a 4/10. The sensation should NEVER be classified as “pain”

The 3 principles of Yin Yoga:

1. Come into the pose to an appropriate depth

2. Resolve to remain still

The stillness occurs in THREE layers (always in this order):

Stillness of breath

Stillness of body

Stillness of mind

2. Hold the pose for time



Childs, Standing Forward Fold, Sit on the Floor, Figure Four, Squat

Patient who would benefit from a YIN Yoga practice:

• Patients who can sit and lie on the floor with relative ease

• Internal and/or external connective tissue dysfunction is a hallmark part of your patient¹s

presentation- ie. Vestibulodynia, chronic prostatitis, bladder pain syndrome

• Patients who require a stillness practice and find complete stillness difficult

• Poor flexibility around the hips, low back and groin

• Athletes

• Patient has an interest in pursuing a gentle yoga practice that will bring about significant results

Patient who would NOT benefit from a YIN Yoga practice:

• Any patient that cannot sit on the floor easily, or struggles to sit on the floor for more than a few

minutes. (Some exceptions to this)

• Patients who do not have good pain control or are hyper vigilant about any sensation that might

cause pain- this is a slightly uncomfortable practice

• Patients who do not demonstrate a willingness to nudge the edge of pain

• Patients whose religious beliefs do not align with the practice of Yoga

YIN yoga cultivates conscious breathing which downregulates the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and upregulates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).

When patients are in chronic pain, the SNS (fight or flight system) is in constant overdrive.

With conscious breathing the PNS (rest and digest) is turned on, letting the muscles relax which puts the body into a state of calm and healing.

Determine peripheral and central mediators of pain includes measures: PCS, TKS, CSI, DASS, PANAS

• Appropriate Musculoskeletal evaluation. So for sensitive nervous system physiotherapy plays an important role.