Saskatoon PhysioYoga offers Pain Care Yoga - a special approach to managing chronic pain.

During a time when health care professionals and researchers are seriously reevaluating the effectiveness and safety of prescription drug use for chronic pain, Saskatoon PhysioYoga offers chronic pain suffers another option – one that is effective, has fewer negative side effects, and is built around guided mindfulness, movement and support.

Through the Pain Care Yoga Series (PCY), we offer chronic pain sufferers movement, education, discussion and support during a time when evidence increasingly points to physiotherapy as an effective treatment for chronic pain. 

This is a class for those willing to explore other options, to practice, to change and to grow because they’re not happy with the path they’re on.  Maybe your medication isn’t working, you’re feeling helpless, the pain is keeping you from the life you want. In this class, we help people be proactive in their pain management – people who perhaps feel vulnerable but are ready to put in some work to help themselves.

Such opportunities are critical in a world so driven by fast “fixes” like prescription opioids for pain management.

According to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Canada is the second largest per capita user of prescription opioids in the world, which in 2016 claimed the lives of at least 2,458 Canadians, stated the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).


Such efforts to combat chronic pain are often ineffective. Additionally, a growing number of people simply don’t want to be using strong pain medications for extended periods.  In the PCY classes, the goal is learning about and understanding the most recent science of pain.  With that understanding at the core, students are then guided to develop the tools to move better and more effectively manage the pain. This is done under the guidance of licensed healthcare professionals from our Saskatoon PhysioYoga team who specialize in chronic pain science, movement, and yoga therapy.

Using several different resources, students learn about how persistent or chronic pain changes the wiring in the brain, and how the pain threshold is lowered in the face of chronic pain.  Often, for many people, pain is attached to a story, and then we work to discover how that story might stick with the person, affecting how they react to similar situations in the future.

At the foundation of PCY is the breath and mindful movement.  The breath is so incredibly simple and yet so amazingly effective, available to all of us and at any time. Simply put, breathing exercises help calm the nervous system.  When people are able to keep their breath calm when the body is at rest, they then begin to progress into guided and functional movement practices.   Proper breath control can help keep pain at bay when physical demands of everyday life begin to increase. 

The classes also involve group discussion which results in the development of a support system.  So often, people with chronic pain feel they’re alone. They feel people don’t understand them, so the class functions as a form of support as well.  Students begin to feel understood in what is so often an emotional battle with chronic pain.

The Pain Care Yoga Classes are popular combined with one-on-one medical therapeutic yoga treatments. And once students begin experiencing improved quality of life, many move on to take Saskatoon PhysioYoga’s Foundation and Flourish therapeutic yoga series or a meditation class. 

Chronic pain is extremely complex, making it very difficult to manage.  What we attempt to do with the PCY class is to explore a different way to look at pain, why it persists and how life can become fulfilling again even in its presence.  What results is a very kind and gentle approach to wellness.  

Movement.  Education.  Discussion.  Support. 


Linda BoryskiComment