4 Steps To Improve Nagging Pains

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As we age our bodies go through several physical changes.

New habits, new stressors, reduced activity, more sitting and other lifestyle changes all contribute to physical changes within our body as we age.

When you combine these physical changes with the fact the body does not heal as well as it once did nagging pains are felt more often.

Knee pain, back pain, shoulder tightness, neck stiffness, sore feet, etc. are all by-products of the aforementioned changes.

These changes can also negatively affect our spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis.

Because of this I am a big believer in listening to our bodies and staying on top of our current physical state of movement.

One-way to do this is to seek out a certified professional to observe your movement on a yearly basis. This will allow the professional to provide you with feedback in regards to how your body is moving as a whole and if any new faulty movement patterns are beginning to emerge.

If you do not have access to a movement professional, another way to stay on top of your body is to simply listen to it.

Take a second to think about how you feel physically.

Do your shoulders feel tight on a regular basis

Are your hips, back, feet or legs experiencing any new or uncomfortable pains?

How about your knees, neck or arms?

I encourage you to take 10 minutes and honestly think about how your body feels. The body has an amazing ability to signal to you exactly how it feels. Sometimes all you have to do is take the time to listen.

The body has an amazing way of communicating with us. Sometimes we just have to listen.

In today’s super busy world filled with non-stop information we rarely take time to simply consider how we feel. We often wait until the most painful moments to seek help instead of being pro-active with our bodies.

Now you may be asking, “what does this have to do with my spondy”?

Listening to your body, staying on top of your overall health and well-being and being aware of your strengths and weaknesses are all great ways to help your body move and work as efficiently as possible.

When your body moves and works efficiently throughout the day you have less compensations. Compensations for spondylolisthesis patients are often recipes for stress and strain on the spine and even the affected spondy area.

Which as you know can lead to LOTS of pain in a multitude of ways.

So in a nutshell, reducing the amount of compensations we have as a whole and providing our body with the most optimal and efficient movement platform gives our selves the best chances of improving how we feel as a whole and could even reduce the amount of spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis pain we experience.


Recently I have been experiencing some nagging pains (more on this in a bit) and I noticed when I have a new pain or discomfort I take the same plan of attack. Fortunately, I often have good results, so I wanted to share this information with you.

Over the next few blog posts I am going to provide you with a four step plan to help you attack your nagging pains and discomforts in the exact same way I do.

Here is a list of the four steps I use:

  1. Locate the pain or discomfort and discover the issue.
  2. Reduce the possible causes of the pain and discomfort.
  3. Attack the problematic area with a structured approach of stretching and movement exercises.
  4. Be consistent.

Over the next few posts I am going to show you the exact stretches and movement exercises I have been doing along with some more in depth discussion on why and how I chose these exact exercises.

I am going to provide you with pictures, descriptions and even a few videos so you can include some of these stretches and exercises into your routine if you so choose so.

I encourage you to follow along over the course of a few weeks so you can learn more about the importance of attacking your discomforts and pains. I really think this is an important topic for spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis patients to stay on top of.

Also, please drop a comment below and let us know what pains and discomforts you are experiencing and what the possible reasons for these pains could be.

This is a great first step in improving how you move and feel!

In the mean time, keep your eyes peeled for Step 1: Locate the pain or discomfort and discover the issue.


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