Spondyloisthesis Exercise Regression – Overhead Press (Video)

spondylolisthesis exercise overhead press regression

Those who have a spondylolisthesis or spondylolysis can be at different stages in the recovery process. For example:

  • You may just be learning about your condition.
  • You may be in the process of reducing inflammation.
  • You may be just beginning therapy or rehab.
  • Or you may have improved how you move and feel and now you are back to a normal lifestyle and building your strength in various ways.

This article is geared more towards the last group. So for those of you who are just beginning in the recovery process please keep this in mind.

Lately, I have received a few emails specifically asking me about an exercise called the overhead press.

This exercise involves lifting a weight overhead (a very bland description) and it can be performed various ways with various pieces of equipment.  The individuals that reached out to me were noticing that when they performed this exercise they were getting flare ups and discomfort the next day, especially when they were using heavier weights or multiple sets of high reps.

In my latest video I describe the possible causes along with offering a regressive or alternative exercise to help improve the mechanics of the lift. Even if you are not ready for this type of exercise I encourage you to watch because there is helpful information for everyone.

Again, this exercise is on the advanced level and as always, talks to your doctor before trying any new exercise and make sure to read our DISCLAIMER.


Hopefully this video makes sense and strikes home the importance proper technique. Remember, even the easiest or simpliest of exercises can be dangerous if they are performed incorrectly…..please comment below in the comment box to let me know if this or other exercises cause you issues with your spondy. I would love to hear your story!

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