It may be hard to consider for some, but the best treatment for spinal stenosis could actually be a non-surgical option. Aside from common home pain alleviation options like daily exercise, stretching, and weight-loss there are non-intrusive methods for alleviating your spinal stenosis symptoms. NUCCA chiropractic care can gently guide your spine back into alignment based on precise laser measurements. These measurements are taken each time an alignment occurs in order to achieve exact realignment of the atlas, spine, and body. Many patients wonder if walking is good for spinal stenosis, and while it’s not the best treatment option, it can help to relieve your symptoms for a short while.
Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis
Back pain, and weakness of the legs is the most commonly reported symptoms for spinal stenosis. Generally spinal stenosis occurs in adults over the age of 60, but it can be present from birth through a form of spinal stenosis known as congenital spinal stenosis. There are several methods for alleviating spinal stenosis symptoms including NUCCA care, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.
What Happens If Spinal Stenosis Is Left Untreated?
When left completely untreated, the spinal cord pressure created from spinal stenosis can lead to permanent nerve damage, and in extreme cases it can lead to paralysis or death. But, there are absolutely options for dealing with the symptoms in order to live with spinal stenosis. If you combine a treatment program like NUCCA chiropractic with exercise, healthy posture, and a weight-loss program you can stave off the symptoms of spinal stenosis for an elongated period.
However, if nothing is done, if no action is taken, and spinal stenosis is left completely untreated, then spinal stenosis can progress into debilitating pain that can only be relived through surgical means. Discectomy, spinal fusion, and laminectomy are the most frequently performed procedures for patient’s suffering from spinal stenosis. Just like any surgical procedure, there are side effects, risks, and even the chance that the surgery does not work at all. Surgery for spinal stenosis should be reserved for those cases where exercise, stretching, and any type of NUCCA care is completely off the table.
Before committing to any medical surgery you owe it to yourself to try and remedy your spinal stenosis carefully and all naturally. There is a surgical treatment for spinal stenosis known as laminectomy, but it involves removing the lamina, a portion of your spine’s vertebrae, so it should really only be considered as a last resort. An attempt to alleviate or completely cure your symptoms should be made first.
Exercises for Spinal Stenosis
Walking is among the best low-impact exercises you can do in order to help alleviate your spinal stenosis symptoms. Performing daily low-impact exercises that your spine can handle, mostly stretching and walking, can have a huge impact on the level of your spinal stenosis symptoms.
Oftentimes those with spinal stenosis will believe they’re in too much pain to even begin exercising, but this is not the case. It may seem this way at first, but it’s crucial that you find a form of exercise that works for your lifestyle, and you begin exercising daily. Another excellent option is exercising in a pool, and it’s absolutely one of the best methods for exercise that people living with spinal stenosis can do daily. There’s almost zero impact, and the stretching and mobility improvements that occur is phenomenal for those with spinal stenosis.
Whether walking, stretching, or swimming, all of this exercising will inevitably improve balance, flexibility, and ultimately mobility enabling far greater movement than you’re normally used to. This overall improvement in well-being can lead to your ability to handle the pains of spinal stenosis better.
Home Remedies for Spinal Stenosis
In addition to exercise, there are several home remedies that spinal stenosis patients can keep in mind in order to begin alleviating symptoms including:
• Daily exercise
• Constant posture awareness
• Heat and cold therapy
The increase in well-being that can occur when these home remedies are adhered to on a daily basis are miraculous. By combining this type of lifestyle with a NUCCA care program, patient’s suffering from the effects of spinal stenosis can begin making tremendous improvements to their current degrading situation.
NUCCA Care For Spinal Stenosis
Due to the unobtrusive nature of receiving NUCCA alignments, patients can begin receiving realignments in order to alleviate their spinal stenosis pain, without triggering any serious aches along the way. NUCCA doctors will measure your spinal misalignment, are correct your spinal position naturally over time focusing on the atlas bone of the spine.
When to See a Surgeon for Spinal Stenosis
The general rule is if your benefits outweigh the potential risks, like you need pain relief immediately because it has gotten so severe, then it’s likely time for surgery. However, new studies are beginning to show that several treatment options like physical therapy and NUCCA are just as effective for treating spinal stenosis, and much less risky.
It’s important to note that spinal stenosis is a progressive condition though. So if you’ve done absolutely nothing to remedy the symptoms. Like exercising, improving posture, losing weight, or seeking physical therapy then you may eventually have to have surgery when the pain becomes unbearable.
This is obviously not the recommended route, but if you ignore your spinal stenosis long enough, it may very well become the only option. It’s best to alleviate and remedy the causes of your spinal stenosis by receiving NUCCA care, while also improving your posture, exercise routine, and losing any excess weight if necessary.
Receiving NUCCA Care for Spinal Stenosis
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Flory today in order to begin receiving treatment for your spinal stenosis symptoms. During your initial visit, we’ll measure the misalignment of your spine with laser precision, and even make an initial adjustment during that first visit. Then, during regular follow ups, Dr. Flory will shift the spine back into proper alignment while also maintaining the proper position.
Dr. Tymothy L. Flory graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. Before opening Atlas Brain Spine, Dr. Flory practiced Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Flory completed Board Certification of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association in 2012 and is currently a Credentialed Instructor for the organization.