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From the Institute for Integrative Healthcare

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Spondylolisthesis is a condition where there is slippage of one cracked vertebra over the one below it. It may be the result of a stress fracture or can occur as a result of age-related vertebral degeneration. It most commonly affects vertebrae in the lower back. There may be no symptoms or there may be intermittent or chronic pain. Other symptoms include numbness, tingling or muscle weakness and may occur after prolonged walking or standing.


Caution must be taken with regard to massage for anyone diagnosed with spondylothesis. Surrounding muscles may be protectively splinting and should not be interfered with. Massage should not be administered to anyone who is experiencing acute inflammation resulting from spondylothesis.

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