Spondylolisthesis is the slipping of all or part of one vertebra forward on another vertebra. It is most common in children 5-8 years old and it occurs in about 5% of the population. For gymnasts, it is thought that the slippage occurs as a result of repetitive hyperextension activities (bending backwards).
Description of condition in laymans terms
Spondylolisthesis is a forward shift of one vertebrae on the other, usually L5-S1, which is towards the bottom of the spine. The typical presentation is one of mild low back pain that occasionally radiates into the buttocks and posterior thighs, especially during high levels of activity.
Five top ways to promote quicker healing (including services at Champneys)
By creating an optimal psychological, nutritional and physiological environment, the body is able to focus purely on the job in hand – healing the particular injury/ailment.
The services provided through the Regenerate programme at Champneys Tring in Hertfordshire can help to create this ideal environment in the following ways:
- Decrease emotional stress and distractions and ensure you are having the correct amount of rest and sleep
- Decrease environmental stress
- Ensure best and optimal circulation (acupuncture, kriotherapy)
- Optimal and appropriate nutrition (nutritionist)
- Exercising within the pain-free range and at an appropriate level for maximising healing potential (hydrotherapy, physiotherapy)
Regenerate is the UK’s leading residential medical centre based within the world class Champneys Tring Health Resort in Hertfordshire. Offering a bespoke professional service for injury rehabilitation, Regenerate provides the ultimate medical expertise and treatments required to recover physically, mentally and emotionally from all aspects of injury. Clients also benefit from using Champneys many services, as well as their luxury spa facilities and treatments.
Regenerate provides the highest standards and employs leading professionals in the medical fields under the Directorate of Champneys Medical Director, Dr Michael Curtin MB ChB Dip Med Ac. MF HOM. Regenerates multidisciplinary team includes: Doctor, Acupuncturists, Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Movement Therapists, Nutritionists, Personal Trainers, and Motivational and Mental Skills Coaches. They will conduct comprehensive examinations and diagnostic testing, and provide appropriate treatment which may include physiotherapy, acupuncture, clinical pilates, kriotherapy, nutritional therapy, exercise and rehabilitation programmes, sports massage, vibrogym therapy and altitude training, amongst others.
Blog Post by Emma James Feb 2016