Spinal stenosis is a spinal condition caused by the narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can lead to compression of the nerve roots. This can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in your arms, legs, or neck. In some cases, it can even make it difficult to stand or walk for extended periods of time. Luckily, a chiropractor can help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis. Let’s take a look at what spinal stenosis is and how chiropractors can help treat it.
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is usually caused by age-related wear and tear on the spine that leads to degeneration over time. This includes arthritis, herniated discs, bone spurs, or thickened ligaments that compress the nerves in the spinal column. It’s most common among people over 50 years old but can appear in younger individuals as well. It’s also more likely to occur in people who have had back surgery or who are genetically predisposed to this condition.
How Can a Chiropractor Help Treat Spinal Stenosis?
Chiropractic care is one of the best ways to treat spinal stenosis because it focuses on relieving pressure on the nerves while simultaneously improving flexibility and mobility in your spine. A chiropractor will use manual adjustments to reduce pain and improve your range of motion while helping you strengthen your core muscles with exercises such as stretching and strengthening exercises. They may also recommend lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or losing weight if necessary in order to reduce stress on your spine further. Additionally, they might advise you on proper posture techniques so as not to strain your back any further than necessary while standing or sitting down for prolonged periods of time.
Spinal stenosis is an uncomfortable condition that affects thousands of people worldwide every year – but it doesn’t have to be debilitating! With chiropractic treatment from an experienced practitioner, you can find relief from your symptoms without having to resort to medications or surgery. So if you think you might be suffering from this condition, reach out to a chiropractic doctor today and get started on the road toward better health.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC or one of the other Waterloo chiropractors at CARESPACE Health+Wellness. We are happy to listen and are here to help!