Natural Treatments For Spondylolisthesis

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Natural Treatments For Spondylolisthesis Spondylolisthesis

is a condition that refers to a vertebra that slips forward onto the bone below in the lower back region, resulting in abnormal placement of the vertebrae. If the vertebrae begins to press on nerves, severe back pain can be felt.

The severity of Spondylolisthesis can be determined by grading the level of vertebral slippage. These levels start at grade 1, where the slippage is not more than 25%, up to grade 4, where the reading is up to 100%.

Any nerve pressure can cause excruciating pain, so patients usually look for some sort of treatment. Treatments for this condition rarely require any invasive procedures and most cases of Spondylolisthesis can be treated successfully using natural treatments.

Some of the common natural treatments for this condition are the following:

Physical Therapy – Passive and Active Treatments

” Physical Therapy Passive Treatments

Deep Tissue Massage – This type of massage helps your body to readjust to the slipped vertebra. Friction and direct pressure will be used by the therapist in order to release the tension build up in the soft tissues located in the lower back.

Hot and Cold Therapies – The therapist uses heat to allow more blood to circulate to the affected area. An improvement in blood circulation promotes healing as the much needed nutrients and oxygen are brought to the affected area.

Cold therapy helps reduce the inflammation, pain and muscle spasming, by slowing down the speed of the circulation. During the treatment process, the therapist can either use an ice massage or a cold pack.
” Physical Therapy Active Treatments

Active treatments are those that require physical effort on the part of the patient. This is usually undertake under the guidance of a physiotherapist, who will determine the exercises – type, range and intensity – appropriate to the specific circumstances.

The physical therapist will teach the patient various exercises aimed at improving their strength, range of motion and flexibility. Active treatment methods will be structured based on each person’s medical history and overall health.

Patients will also be taught how to correct their body posture by incorporating improved ergonomic principles into their daily routine.

Chiropractic Care

A chiropractor will check for any signs of tenderness and tightness, and range of movement. Through chiropractic care that the patient’s musculoskeletal structure can be often be healed without invasive surgery. Chiropractors will focus on the vertebrae causing problems, and/or surrounding areas, to promote the body’s own natural healing from within.

Activity Modification

Spondylolisthesis is often caused by a sporting injury or heavy work, so activity modification is one of the most important steps in treating the problem. The patient will be advised to avoid contact sports or other physical activities that require hyperextension of the lower back.


Yoga exercises will help strengthen the lower back muscles. The stretching exercises in yoga are extremely beneficial, however, as with all exercise and injury, care must be taken so as to avoid exacerbating any condition.

The yoga exercises will strengthen the muscles which in turn support the spine.

Before choosing any kind of natural treatment for spondylolisthesis, first consult a professional. In treating any back pain problems, you will need to have patience and perseverance in the treatment process.

Try not to allow your current pain to be your only deciding factor in choosing surgery as a quick-fix. It’s not always the best solution for the long-term and it’s certainly not your only one.

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