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Old 04-30-2008, 02:24 PM   #1
Josh Marcum
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running with Spondylolisthesis

I have noticed that while running my lower back specifically in my sacral(not sure on spelling) area gets particularly tight while running. I do have spondylolisthesis, is this a problem. I'm good for short duration running anything less than about 800 meters, but long duration running ie 5k gives me a problem. Is it something I should be concerned about.
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Old 05-04-2008, 02:05 AM   #2
Amanda Faulks
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Re: running with Spondylolisthesis

Hey Josh

I don't know the particulars in your case but one thing I would look at is the length of your hip flexers, especially your psoas. the psoas actually attaches to the anterior surface of the lumbar vertebrae and if it is tight it can cause low back pain even with people without spondylolithesis. Also make sure your Rectus Femoris (the only quad muscle to cross the hip joint) isn't tight, this can pull your pelvis forward increasing the lordotic curve in your lumbar spine. Your IT band and the small muscle that controls it the TFL can also pull the pelvis forward. From the few people I have worked with who had this condition(I just graduated from massage therapy school) the best thing is to stay strong but also flexible, I think deadlifts and squats, done with good form and not to heavy are also good for your condition. The stronger the back the better. oh ya and if you like running keep on running just stretch after. the best thing is to stay healthy in body and spirit, don't give up what you love.
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