Living with lumbar stenosis can be difficult, but the good news is that there are treatments available. One option is physiotherapy, which has been proven to be a safe, effective way of managing this condition. In this blog post, we’ll explore what lumbar stenosis is and how physiotherapy can help manage it.
What Is Lumbar Stenosis?
Lumbar stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal becomes narrowed due to changes in the spine. This narrowing can cause compression on the nerves that run through this area of the body, resulting in pain and other symptoms such as numbness or tingling in the legs. In some cases, it can even lead to difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time.
How Can Physiotherapy Help Manage Lumbar Stenosis?
Physiotherapy is one of the most common treatments for lumbar stenosis. It involves exercises designed to strengthen and stretch the muscles surrounding the spine and increase flexibility. This helps reduce pressure on the nerves in that area of your body, relieving pain and improving mobility. Additionally, your physiotherapist may suggest lifestyle changes such as improved posture or ergonomic workspace setup to further reduce your symptoms.
Your physiotherapist will also use manual therapy techniques to improve your range of motion, reduce pain levels, and correct any poor movement patterns that may be contributing to your symptoms. Finally, they may teach you relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises or mindfulness meditation which can help you better deal with any stress or anxiety associated with your condition. A good physio program should also include education about self-management strategies so that you know what signs to look out for if your condition worsens or changes over time.
Physiotherapy has been proven to be a very effective form of treatment for those living with lumbar stenosis. A well-rounded program will incorporate exercises designed to strengthen and stretch surrounding muscles, manual therapy techniques for improved range of motion and reduced pain levels, lifestyle modifications such as improved posture or ergonomic workspace setup when necessary; as well as education about self-management strategies so that you’re aware of any changes in your condition over time. With all these elements combined into one comprehensive plan tailored specifically for you by an experienced physiotherapist, you can expect a marked improvement in your quality of life.
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, MSPT, PT, or one of the other physiotherapists at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!