One Word Every Spondy Patient Must Understand

As I sit here writing this post at 7 a.m. I started thinking about what I have accomplished so far today and the amount of time it took me to accomplish these things.

1. I warmed up some breakfast (2 min)

2. I checked the weather (30 sec)

3. I looked up directions to a store (1 min)

4. I read the news online (5 min)

5. I returned a few emails (15 min)

6. I prepared a list of things to accomplish today (5 min)

Now you may be wondering where I am going with this but as you can see in today’s world it takes very little time to accomplish tasks that once took hours.

People are slowly beginning to expect things faster and faster, and in today’s world the faster, the better.

To warm your breakfast you can simply shove food in the microwave and hit “start”. While you wait for it you can check the weather on your phone and look up directions to anywhere before your food is even done.

While you eat you can read the news, return some emails and text a friend or two.

After 25 min and 30 sec I have accomplished 6 tasks with extreme ease.

15 years ago this was impossible!

Unfortunately some things still take time and due to the technology we use every day we are being brainwashed into thinking that all things should have as fast as results  as the weather we check on our phones.

So that brings us back to the title of the blog post.

The one word every spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis patient must understand is PATIENCE.

Those who fall victim to the fast, fast, fast culture that we live in expect results for their spondy in days or even hours. They search the internet for that one stretch, pill or device that will cure their pain in a matter of minutes. This world offers solutions to problems in a fraction of the time it used to and that can be a great thing most of the time, but it can also lead to issues.

Cell phones and tablets allow people to purchase gifts, plane flights and video chat with the touch of a button. You literally have instant access to everything!

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But keep in mind our bodies are not like our cell phones.

Years of our bodies developing and growing are not fixed with a quick stretch, exercise or magic pill.

It takes time and PATIENCE.

For those that have followed our site for some time you know we are big believers in proper movement. And we always preach having your movement evaluated by a rehab professional to help you determine if your movement could be affecting your spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis.

If you do suffer from poor movement there is a pretty good chance that improving this poor movement will help to reduce some of the pain you are experiencing. But for this to be accomplished it takes time and PATIENCE.

You have developed this poor movement over years and years. Not seconds, minutes or days.

And to reverse these bad movement habits it will take some effort, consistency and time to see and feel a difference.

You cannot rush these things. You cannot rush the human body.

Trust me, I wish there was a quick solution to helping those with spondy’s. Not only would I have 15 years of my life back without on and off again pain, but I would instantly be able to help others.

I could say “do this” or “try that” and with the snap of a finger pain would be eliminated.

This is a one of many reasons why so many spondy patients struggle with finding long term results. They expect changes and improvements quickly. If they do not see or feel them after a small amount of time they give up. They move on to the next thing hoping it will solve their issues quickly.

So keep this word in mind as you continue your battle with spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis.

PATIENCE.

I know many of you are sitting there reading this in pain and discomfort and are thinking to yourself that it is easier said than done, but trust me I know and understand your pain.  I also learned the about PATEINCE through my years searching for a way to move and feel better. Try to take a step back and look at the big picture. Try to understand these large changes do not and will not happen overnight.

PATIENCE is an important thing to remember in a world of speed and instant results.

Have you lost patience with your spondy?

I and others would love to hear your story. Please comment below to share your experiences.

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  1. Jenna
    3 years ago

    I randomly came across your website and wanted to say “thank you” for creating a community supporting spondy. I was just diagnosed with grade 2 spondylolisthesis, unable to fully extend, and suffering from sciatica on my left side. I do believe that it was inherited, as my mom was diagnosed and treated for back issues, and I suffered sudden back pain all of my life. I am a nationally ranked NPC fitness competitor, professional dancer, and personal trainer, so receive this news of my condition, and putting up with the pain and sudden loss of mobility in the last 7 months has been frustrating. However, it doesn’t matter how active one is, living with pain is never easy. Thank you for reminding me of maintaining patience as I go on my journey towards improved and less painful movement patterns. One day I hope to return to the stage, and to also be an inspiration for others. Thanks again! – Jenna


    • Spondy
      3 years ago

      Thanks Jenna for the kind words! As a fellow fitness enthusiast I understand how hard it can be to have such a limiting condition. I encourage you to keep learning about this condition, your body, and ways to improve. Best of luck along the way and please keep in touch during your journey to improvement!

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