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Spinal Stenosis: How Physiotherapy Can Help

physiotherapy for spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition that affects the spinal cord and vertebrae. It can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty walking due to the narrowing of the spinal canal. Fortunately, physiotherapy is a great way to help manage symptoms of spinal stenosis. Let’s take a look at how physio helps those suffering from this condition.

The Benefits of Physiotherapy for Spinal Stenosis

Physiotherapy can help improve mobility, reduce pain levels, and help improve posture in those suffering from spinal stenosis. This is done through stretching and strengthening exercises that target specific areas of the body that are affected by the condition. For example, strengthening exercises may focus on core muscles while stretching exercises may be used to increase flexibility in the back muscles. Additionally, physiotherapists may use heat or cold treatments as well as soft tissue techniques to help relieve pain or stiffness associated with spinal stenosis.

A physiotherapist will also provide advice about lifestyle changes that can help reduce symptoms of spinal stenosis such as avoiding certain activities or positions which can aggravate the condition. Additionally, they can provide guidance on proper ergonomics when sitting or standing to prevent further damage to the spine.

Choosing a Physiotherapist for Spinal Stenosis Treatment

When choosing a physiotherapist for the treatment of your spinal stenosis it’s important to find someone who is experienced in treating this type of condition specifically. When interviewing potential physiotherapists ask questions about their experience with this particular condition and make sure you feel comfortable with their answers before committing to their services. It’s also important that you find someone who takes into account your individual needs and goals when creating a treatment plan for you as every person’s situation is unique and requires an individualized approach for the best results.

In conclusion, if you are suffering from spinal stenosis then finding an experienced physiotherapist who understands your individual needs is key to the successful management of your symptoms and improving your overall quality of life. With the right approach and personalized treatment plan, you’ll be able to find relief from pain and improved mobility in no time.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself. Eric Bowman, BSc, MPT, PT, or another physiotherapist in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

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Eric Bowman, BSc, MPT, PT

Physiotherapist Eric Bowman graduated with a B.Sc. in Honours Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in 2013 where he studied under world famous back researcher Stuart McGill. After completing his B.Sc. he researched exercise and osteoporosis under Lora Giangregorio at the UW Bone Health lab before completing his Masters of Physical Therapy at Western University in 2015 and becoming Canadian Powerlifting Union Coaching Workshop Certified in 2018. Eric’s areas of interest are rehabilitation for sports injuries, the elderly, and people with chronic pain. Outside of his clinical work Eric also contributes to course development and guest lecturing in the Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo and has contributed to course development and review in the Western University Physiotherapy program. Eric has also competed in powerlifting.

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