If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, it is important to explore conservative treatment options before considering surgery to provide relief. When you visit a chiropractor to seek relief from spinal stenosis symptoms, you will be presented with several available treatment modalities that can improve your condition without the need for surgical intervention. In order to understand how these treatments can help you, you should know some basic information about spinal stenosis.
Effects of Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis has a gradual onset that worsens over time as the space within the spinal column narrows. The condition can occur for a variety of reasons but is typically related to inflammation or reduced spinal stability that causes the spinal column to become constricted. This constriction exerts pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord. Along with pain, spinal stenosis can produce numbness in the extremities, difficulty walking, and inability to balance.
Possible Treatment Options
Here is an overview of how your chiropractor might help to ease these symptoms:
- Spinal manipulation: Spinal stenosis is frequently diagnosed in older individuals because they are more likely to have slipped structures and weakened connective tissues. A spinal adjustment can realign the spine to create more room in the spinal column.
- Therapeutic muscle stretching: When you have more flexibility within the spine, balance can be regained, which can in turn reduce inflammation and irritation. Your chiropractor can give you instructions on how to properly stretch the muscles for greater range of motion, and you can perform these exercises at home.
- Massage: One of the greatest benefits of massage is the increase in circulation that it creates. With more blood flow to the spinal structures, you can see improved healing and reduced discomfort.
Learn more about your spinal stenosis diagnosis and treatment options with Peterson Chiropractic. We offer comprehensive chiropractic care to promote pain-free, active lives. Schedule an appointment with us online or by calling (212) 242-3210.