Manage Chronic Pain with Physiyoga

By
Diana Zotos Florio
Diverse people stretching their knees and practicing balance in yoga class.

The human experience of chronic pain and illness is non-binary. There is no clean drawing of lines. It doesn’t fit into a neat box of research and evidence. Nor does it fit into a fixed protocol or set of guidelines. It doesn’t even fit into one provider. We are so much more beautifully complex and layered than that. We are a mix of past, present, and future: our genetic makeup, our diet, movement, emotions, sleep, work, family, community, where we live, and on and on. And the way we care for people who aren’t feeling well should directly reflect these many singular facets.

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