Episode 1: Blending the Biomedical and Biopsychosocial Models


Blending the Biomedical and Biopsychosocial Models

Did you know that if you integrate yoga, medicine, and rehabilitation, you can get better results? Welcome to the very first episode of From Pain to Possibility, with your host Susi Hately. Susi is giving us some useful information that can be implemented today, and along the way, she is sharing bits and pieces of her life so we can get to know her better. 

Susi is the owner and director of Functional Synergy Yoga Therapy, where she trains healthcare professionals and yoga teachers on how to integrate yoga therapeutically into their practices. Susie also runs a private one-to-one session series for people who have pain, long-standing pain, and those who want to get rid of the pain.

Listen as Susi shares her background and what she means by a biopsychosocial model. She speaks about being creative after her twins were born and condensing several concepts into one model, which she calls the integrative healing journey or integrative healing process. Susi also discusses blue and purple ribbons. How the ability to assess effectively helps grow the client's clarity to understand what is and isn't working.

Are you curious about what is going on in your body? Susi discusses how sometimes when moving our bodies, we think we are moving our hips when in fact; we are moving our pelvis. This can be a neuromechanical miss between our brain and the tissue of what we are supposed to be moving. Susi says that sometimes improvement requires a change of belief.

Hopefully, you have found some usable techniques in this episode that you can play with for yourself, your students, or clients that will take you up into this next level of understanding and the application of both a biomedical and a biopsychosocial model.

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“When I help someone reduce their compensatory patterning, they will experience reduced pain.” Susi Hately

In this Episode:

[00:22] Welcome, everyone!
[01:01] Susi shares how the pandemic allowed her to do the podcast she has wanted to do finally.
[01:39] She hopes that this podcast will give you some information you need on your journey of being able to integrate yoga, medicine, and rehabilitation for better results.
[02:34] Susi shares her kinesiology background and her focus on exercise physiology, motor control, and biomechanics.
[03:37] Susi explains what she means by the biopsychosocial model.
[06:07] She shares that when she was on maternity leave after having twins, she got creative and brought all the concepts together into one model.
[06:58] Susi explains what you see when you look at this model.
[08:49] Our ability to assess effectively helps grow the clarity for the client to understand what is working or not working.
[11:05] If you listen to the whispers, you will grow your own internal locus of control.
[12:30] Susi gives an example of what she has been talking about.
[15:30] Growing someone's awareness through a biomechanical model is a fascinating process.
[17:01] Are you curious about what is going on in your body? Why is my body breaking down?
[18:08] Susi shares that sometimes improvement requires a change of belief.
[19:42] An aha is a glimpse of what could be whether it is less pain or more movement.l
[23:13] Susi is speaking about another concept, where you have pain isn't the problem.
[25:42] How is your neuromuscular communication?
[27:58] The takeaway for this first episode is that there is an intersection between the biomedical and the biopsychosocial model.
[29:55] We will connect with you in the next episode; thank you for listening.

“Yellow lights are the whispers.” Susi Hately

What You Will Learn In This Episode:

  • How to blend the biopsychosocial models of recovery for better outcomes.
  • The Healing Helix:  An Integrative Model
  • Taking Ownership of Your Healing Process

“Presence really enables awareness.” Susi Hately

Featured On The Show & Other Notes:

“Where the pain is isn’t the problem, it’s an expression of the problem.” Susi Hately

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“A-ha is a glimpse of what could be.” Susi Hately