Hi Esther et al,
I have the book and have found it helpful already. I've had on-and-off chronic back pain since I was a pre-adolescent child - I "threw" my back out when I was pushing a desk at school and had to walk home bent - but doctors always told me the pain was muscular as they didn't find anything wrong. At one point it was suspected my right hip was higher and tilted more backward than my left, whatever that meant. After a recent CT scan, I was just notified that I have grade 1 spondylitic spondylolisthesis L5 on S1 and moderate diskogenic degenerative changes at L4-L5 and L5-S1, as well as vacuum disc phenomena at L5-S1. I also have a largish (baseball sized) lipoma positioned at my right hip right in the front groin crease. I have been feeling "sciatica-like" pain down my right leg for a few months now.
I have seen an orthopedist, physical therapists, chiropractor, and massage therapists. Till now, the most help has been gained from using trigger point therapy. It's really increased my flexibility and strength in muscles that were very tight and painful. But it changed my stride - I'm more balanced now and traumatized muscles were starting to pull their weight, so to speak - and I began having that sciatica (at least I think that's what it is - I no longer have health insurance so can't consult with a doctor about it).
In the couple of weeks since I have been learning the Gokhale Method, I have been trying to apply the lessons in the book. Although some things felt immediately better (hip-hinging, sitting, sometimes standing, sometimes sleeping), others have associated pain and recreate the sciatic pain, like stretchlying, standing, even my painstaking glidewalking attempts, and now stacksitting. Hip-hinging so far seems fine.
I figure I'm probably overdoing it and have made myself somewhat inflamed - I overdid it at first too and had terrible migraines from too many shoulder rolls and trigger points in my neck and shoulders. I'm trying to slow down. It's hard when I know I'm doing things the wrong way and try to correct them!
But mostly I'm concerned that I should be altering the method somehow to account for the spondylolisthesis or the other factors noted by the radiologist. Are there specific things you recommend for cases of spondylolisthesis?
Thanks so much in advance!