Spondylolisthesis is the slipping forward of one vertebra on the vertebra directly below it. Spondylolisthesis can cause pressure on surrounding nerves, arteries, and veins. Protective reflexes around the injury can create a spasm of surrounding tissues, such as spinal ligaments, organs sitting directly in front of the vertebra, or the nervous system. These spasms if left untreated, can cause a cascade of reflexive spasms throughout each of these tissue system, producing symptoms in the groin, legs, or even organs.
Fascial Counterstrain Treatment
Fascial counterstrain treatment specifically assesses each system and will release the spasms involved. This releases the pressure on the affected nerves, arteries, veins, ligaments, muscles, organs, and other tissues. When the protective spasm is removed, blood flow to and from the tissue is improved, tissue tension is normalized, and the body’s ability to heal itself is optimized. This multisystem approach can often resolve the dysfunctions that cause the symptoms, as well as the compensations the body has developed in response to the injury or degenerative processes.
“I was experiencing numbness in my right toes and throbbing in my calf. This was following a thyroidectomy and symptoms first appeared to be related to this. After multiple labs lead to nothing, and a MRI was done and I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. I saw two orthopedic surgeons who suggested surgery – one said I needed to have surgery immediately. The second suggested trying physical therapy before surgery, but agreed with the proposed invasive surgery if physical therapy did not help. I went to a traditional physical therapy location and did not feel the treatment was helping and I did not like the group type of work out environment. Luckily, I found Dr. Yeh. I began to see her once per week and within the first month saw improvement. Over time, my numbness has become non-existent. I highly recommend her approach to pain treatment – she has saved me!” – Andrea