Re-innovating Ancient Vedic Techniques in the Management of Postural Deformities
V PADMAJA*
MEENAKSHI COLLEGE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY CHENNAI *
Abstract
Purpose:
  • Benefits of including yogic sequences in the treatment protocol of achieving trunk balance and upright posture among children aged 7-10 years presenting with Spastic Diplegia.
  • To re-inculcate and create awareness about ancient yogic practices - a rich, practical method of achieving upright posture, peak physical health, psychological wellbeing and inner tranquility as a Management Innovation in prevention and management of some common postural deformities in student population of 7 to 10 years of age.

Methodology: There are three groups in total: Control group, I Experimental Group and II Experimental Group. There were 15 children aged 7-10 years in Chennai. These children were school-going normal children with slouched postured with such inclusion criteria as ability to maintain head in neutral, proper sitting balance, bilateral integration of upper limb, capable of turning trunk to his/her side and ability to understand verbal commands to perform activities.

The Control group was subjected to sequential conventional stereotypic postural exercises and maintenance regime. The I Experimental Group has a regime consisting of 12 sequential yogic techniques devised from ancient yoga while II Experimental Group had 12 sequential yogic techniques that were modified and implemented into easy play regimes.

Analysis adopted tools such as a mirror with a postural grid and posturography. The duration of the intervention was 5 weeks.

Result: The II Group showed significant relationship improvement of trunk balance and maintenance of upright posture. Control and I Experimental Group showed significant relationship in posture correction and maintenance of upright posture.

Conclusion: It is the well being of the younger generation which augments the pride, possession and progress of our nation. Our ultimate aim is to free them from crippling deformities. It is the CURE that matters than the techniques used. The lost rich heritage of Indian Yogic Practices claims its efficacy, but demands further research.
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