Spondylolisthesis and Massage Therapy

Spondylolisthesis is a condition that involves the forward slipping or movement of one of the spine’s vertebra, causing it to be misaligned from the adjacent vertebrae in the spine. Spondylolisthesis is typically caused as a result of stress on the particular disc, and it is capable of occurring in people of all ages and genders including children and adults for different reasons.

In children, spondylolisthesis has a tendency to occur in the lumbar region in the very bottom vertebra which is the L5 vertebra, slipping over the body of the sacrum, S1. In adults on the other hand, the Spondylolisthesis condition typically occurs one vertebra higher in L4, the fourth vertebra located in the lumbar region, slipping over the fifth vertebra, l5.

There are a number of methods of physiotherapy that are indicated for treatment of this condition. Spondylolisthesis and massage therapy have been found to have a connection, as massage is capable of relieving some of the pain and discomfort in the area affected by the Spondylolisthesis, as well as making it easier for healing to be promoted.

Combining Spondylolisthesis and massage therapy is an example of using physical therapy in treatment of an injury or illness. Physical therapy, also known as physiology, utilizes a wide variety of different modalities in order to help relieve problems with muscles and other parts of the body such as ultrasound, thermal therapy, electrical stimulation and massage.

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Physical therapy also strives to use muscular strengthening in order to build up stability in tissues that have been weakened. Spondylolisthesis and massage therapy have been linked together by many doctors, as massage therapy can be extremely helpful in promoting the healing of injured muscle and other tissues in the spine following the occurrence of Spondylolisthesis.

What is massage therapy all about?

A number of chiropractors have recognized that working with massage therapists has been beneficial in order to loosen the muscles before treatment began. The relationship works well because it allows the patient to be treated after they are allowed to become more relaxed as well as after natural endorphins have been allowed to be released. There are a number of other benefits, but they depend on what type of massage is being administered. Massage therapy has proven to be useful in treating many different types of injuries as long as the right kind of massage is indicated.

Swedish massage, for example, is a superficial and relaxing type of massage that is less likely to break down scar tissue, where as a deep tissue massage would be able to accomplish this while triggering a release of spasmodic musculature. It is important to know when it comes to mixing Spondylolisthesis and massage therapy however, that massage therapy increases circulation as well as in the release of lactic acid, which is a natural chemical irritant acting as a byproduct of muscle utilization, and these things can actually make the area feel more inflamed and more tender for a period of time before it becomes more comfortable.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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