Spondylolisthesis exercises are often recommended as part of a treatment plan for patients diagnosed with this painful condition. While your physician will likely prescribe physical therapy, a spinal brace, or some other forms of treatment in addition to exercises, the right kind of stretching and fitness routine can be very beneficial in strengthening key muscles and alleviating muscle tightness and pain.
Because spondylolisthesis is characterized by a slipped vertebra in the spinal column, it is essential to exercise the muscles in the back and abdomen so they are able to support and stabilize the spine. Yoga is highly recommended because it strengthens and elongates muscles in the legs and back. Yoga also involves the use of breathing techniques that allow you to relax and focus on your body’s response to every movement.
With yoga or any spondylolisthesis exercises you perform, it is important that you don’t push yourself too hard, as you could end up doing more harm than good. In addition, do not do any stretches or exercises unless they are approved by your physician.
If spondylolisthesis exercises and other treatment options prove to be ineffective in alleviating pain, your physician may begin to explore the possibility of more aggressive techniques like back surgery. However, there are now minimally invasive options for back surgery that allow the condition to be treated in an outpatient setting and with a greatly reduced number of side effects. Laser Spine Institute offers highly advanced, minimally invasive procedures that help avoid tissue and muscle damage and allow for a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open back surgery. If you’d like more information on the spondylolisthesis treatment options offered at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.