Traditionally, spinal stenosis was treated with surgery. Today, many patients seek alternative methods for treatment, including chiropractic care.
One of the primary methods of treatment that chiropractors use to treat spinal stenosis is spinal manipulation, a technique that uses gentle hand movements to subtly change the positions of the vertebrae of the spine. Spinal manipulation takes pressure off the spine, helping to relieve pain and discomfort. Spinal manipulation helps treat spinal stenosis at its source by correcting the actual problem, rather than masking the pain, like pain medications.
In addition to spinal manipulation, chiropractors use a variety of other techniques to help patients with spinal stenosis remain active and comfortable. These techniques include:
Massage therapy: Massage therapy works in conjunction with spinal manipulation to improve blood flow and heal injured parts of the body. Massage therapy also improves quality of life for patients by increasing their level of comfort.
Stretches and exercises: Chiropractors teach their patients how to perform stretches and exercises that help to reinforce the effects of spinal manipulation. Stretches and exercises allow patients to take control of their own healing by giving them something they can work on in their free time while at home.
Lifestyle advice: Chiropractors administer lifestyle advice to their patients to help patients avoid problems that would exacerbate their condition. Changing postures, using better chairs, changing sleeping habits and other lifestyle adjustments can help patients with spinal stenosis live happier lives.
Compared to traditional methods of treatment, chiropractic care has many advantages.
Non-invasive: Chiropractic care involves no invasive surgical procedure. In fact, chiropractic treatments can all be done without much interruption to a patient’s normal daily routine.
No recovery time: Because spinal manipulations involve no surgical procedures, there’s also no recovery time, which means there’s no time away from work and no time spent laying in bed waiting to feel better.
No addictive pain medications: Chiropractors don’t prescribe pain medications for any reason. Instead, they use chiropractic treatments to relieve patients of their pain.
Natural: Everything about chiropractic care is natural and gentle for patients young and old.
Here is a lesson from Dr. Dana O’Neil.