If you’re suffering from lower back pain due to lumbar stenosis, massage might be the perfect way to alleviate some of your discomforts. While it is not a cure for the condition, there are many benefits associated with massage therapy for those suffering from lumbar stenosis. Let’s explore what lumbar stenosis is, how it can be treated, and how massage can help.
What Is Lumbar Stenosis?
Lumbar stenosis involves a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back area that puts pressure on nerve roots or the spinal cord itself. This causes symptoms such as numbness, tingling, burning sensations, or pain in the lower back and legs. Many people experience difficulty walking when they suffer from lumbar stenosis because of these symptoms. It can also cause balance issues if left untreated.
Treating Lumbar Stenosis
There are a few different options available when it comes to treating lumbar stenosis. The first is a physiotherapy which can help strengthen weakened muscles in order to support the spine and reduce pain levels. Surgery is another option but this should only be considered after other treatments have been tried and failed. Lastly, massage has been found to be very beneficial for those suffering from this condition as it helps to relieve tension in the muscles which can reduce pain levels and improve mobility.
The Benefits Of Massage Therapy For Lumbar Stenosis
A registered massage therapist helps alleviate tension in tight muscles around the spine that can put pressure on nerves or cause other issues such as sciatica or herniated discs which are common among those with lumbar stenosis. Additionally, massage helps improve circulation which is important for healing damaged tissues and reducing inflammation which can cause further pain and discomfort. Finally, massage encourages relaxation which reduces stress levels which have been linked to an increase in chronic pain levels including lower back pain caused by lumbar stenosis.
In conclusion, if you’re suffering from lumbar stenosis, then massage therapy may just be what you need to help alleviate your discomfort and improve your overall quality of life. It’s important to remember that while massage won’t cure lumbar stenosis it will help reduce stress levels while also improving circulation and helping relax tense muscles that could be making your condition worse.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Natalie Yeo, RMT, or another registered massage therapist in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!