Cerebral Palsy and Yoga? More People Starting to Believe


If you are a parent whose child experienced a difficult birth where your baby was cut off from an oxygen supply for any period of time, you probably remember the terror that you felt and the extreme relief that you enjoyed when your child emerged and cried. Perhaps the troubling thoughts that you experienced during those moments lingered in the back of your mind only to return when you noticed that your child was simply not developing as quickly as most others and that he or she struggled with otherwise basic things.

If you are a parent whose child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you understand the difficulty involved with accepting such news. Your child will be forced to battle this condition throughout his or her life, as to date there is no cure for any of the different specific disorders that exists within the realm of cerebral palsy. Over time, as you saw your child continue to endure struggles, you were probably willing to try just about anything that didn’t place your child in a position of exposure to additional harm or stress.

You probably never thought of trying yoga. If you did, you might have thought about it as a remedy to minimize your own stress instead of that which may have been harming your child. Surprisingly, though, more and more people around the world have been having their children try yoga in hopes of reducing the strength of some of the symptoms that tend to lead to the most intense suffering. Even more surprising is the fact that many people are swearing by this approach as a means to help ease a child’s pain that’s part of this condition.

If your child suffers from spastic muscle seizures and/or he or she suffers from muscle groups that are over-developed and atrophied to the point where moving around is difficult and maintaining posture is all but impossible, this could help. Researchers have found that executing and holding yoga poses not only builds strength in the fibers that surround the muscles but they also provide a healthy stretch that can help relax these over-developed muscle groups. That alone has helped many children overcome some of the pain they have experienced and some of the social awkwardness that comes with the realization that they do not move around like everyone else.

Obviously, yoga is not a cure for cerebral palsy, but it is something that can be enjoyable and relaxing, and more yoga professionals are catering to people who suffer from this condition. If you are one of those parents who is searching for some sort of outlet for your child that will help, perhaps looking into this option could be worth a bit of your time. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy because of a medical mistake made during his or her birth, contact the New York medical malpractice lawyers at The Fitzgerald Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.