Chiropractic Treatments for Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column and/or foramina (holes) where the nerves exit the spinal column. The narrowing of these structures is most commonly associated with increased bone formation due to degenerative joint disease and soft tissue swelling around the spine.
Spinal stenosis can cause lower and upper back pain, decreased range of motion and pain radiating into one or both of the arms and legs. Typically, these symptoms are worse with prolonged standing and walking although walking and stretching exercises will alleviate symptoms long term. When stenosis is present in the spine, there is little room for vertebral misalignment.
Chiropractic adjustments keep vertebrae aligned and optimize the space for nerves to exit the spine. The more space for a nerve means there is less nerve pressure and less pain present. As stated before, routing stretching and exercise is beneficial in alleviating the symptoms associated with stenosis.