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Difference between Yoga and Physiotherapy

Dr Mahesh G (pt)

Dr Mahesh G (pt)

  Btm layout, Bengaluru     Oct 22, 2018

   1 min     


There is nothing like “yoga or physiotherapy”. Both are equally good for health and can be done simultaneously after consulting with a professional. On one hand there is that energetic morning yoga routine for physical and mental wellness and on the other hand, there is that relaxing physiotherapy for the same purpose. Mixing them can too give you an excellent result.

What is the difference between yoga and physiotherapy?


Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that kickstarts your digestion, loosen you up, clears your mind and keeps you calm throughout the day. Yoga poses like mountain pose, downward facing dog, corpse, cat-cow pose and knee-to-nose pose can boost the circulation and help in building the core strength. There are yoga pranayam and asanas that can help you with your overall development.

Unlike physiotherapy yoga also deals with universal energies. It connects the mind, body, and soul on a spiritual level too.  Yoga basically has two components to it:

1. Mental peace which is achieved by meditating.

2. Physical health which is achieved through yoga postures and exercises.


Physical therapy or physiotherapy is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty performed by physical therapists or physiotherapists. Here, mechanical force and movements are used to promote mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, prognosis, diagnosis and physical intervention. 

The physiotherapist identifies the structural or anatomical abnormalities in the body that causes pain or discomfort and suggests the best possible exercises to cure it.  In simple, physiotherapy is ‘purely therapeutic’ exercises ‘prescribed’ by the professionals to the patient; there is no spiritual approach to it.


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