With the advance of age, many people will suffer from a narrowing of one or more areas in our spines. This symptom is known as spinal stenosis and it can result from a number of causes. Osteoarthritis, for example, is a common cause for spinal stenosis. It may infect the cartilage that provides a protection for the ends of the bones in our joints. As we grow older, the cartilage becomes worn gradually. If the cartilage cause a complete deterioration of the body and bone spurs are These bone spurs in turn causes the narrowing of the spinal canal. And consequently more pressure is exerted on the spinal cord nerves which lead to pain, cramping and even numbness.
Generally speaking, simple exercises for spinal stenosis is effective in relieving some of the pain resulted from spinal stenosis conditions. For example, you can take simple flexion exercises (forward bending) to alleviate their pain caused by cervical or lumbar spinal stenosis. But in most cases, it depends on how severe your condition is. (Be sure to consult your doctor before doing any exercise.)
Exercises for spinal stenosis treatment:
1. Find a physical therapist and make an exercise routine. Follow your doctor’s advice and look for an experienced therapist in treating spinal stenosis.
2. Make a careful study of those exercises that can help make your back stronger. Make sure that you have enough time to spend on workouts. You’d better do exercise 4 to 5 times per week
3. It is necessary to do flexibility exercises for the back first. Doing stretches now and then makes your body more flexible. Bend forward and backward or bring your knees closer to your chest while lying down on your back on an exercise mat. Yoga and tai chi are very popular exercises which make the parts of your body more flexible, especially hips and upper legs.
4. Tone the abdominals by doing stretches. Insist on doing curl ups; lie on the floor and push the back into the floor as possible as you can while keeping the stomach tight. This exercises prove to be effective.
5. Keep doing stretches to strengthen the pelvis, back and hamstring. Exercises include using a Swiss Ball to keep balance, doing sit-ups, push-ups or hamstring and gluteal exercises and so on.
6. Physical exercises such as stationary bicycling, swimming, jogging or walking is good for your cardiovascular. You can choose one or two. All of these are endurance exercise that can keep nervous system run normally. Be careful not to twist the back while doing exercises.
7. Go on with a massage. It is good for your back to do massage on soft tissue. Electrical stimulation is helpful as well. It can send electric pulses to provide a gentle stimulation of your nerves.