Spinal Stenosis and Benefits of Massage Therapy

Back Massage Techniques

Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, usually in the lumbar area (low back) or the cervical area (neck), which puts pressure on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves.

It can lead to numbness or tingling in buttocks and legs. It can also cause limping, decreased physical activity, severe back pain, and/or fatigue.

What causes the disorder?

Changes in the structure of the vertebra and spine due to injury, disease or aging can contribute to the development of this disorder. Most often, bones will become dense, and discs will begin to compress against nerve roots, leading to chronic back problems.

Arthritis often increases inflexibility and makes pain much worse.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms often begin with back pain that comes and goes, and gradually stays for longer periods of time.

Sitting or lying down will relieve the pain for a short time.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Dull, aching low back pain or pain in buttocks when walking
  • Pain in one or both thighs/legs
  • Numbness or weakness in legs
  • Loss of coordination
  • Inability to be physically active

What is the treatment for Spinal Stenosis?

A conservative treatment approach will often include pain medications, rest, massage therapy, physical therapy or specific exercises.

Laser spine surgery is common because it has lower risks and a faster recovery time. Patients who choose this option are usually able to leave the hospital on the same day as the surgery or within 24-48 hours.

Spine implants are used to correct compression issues. Many times, no part of the spine or body tissue has to be removed, but it depends on the type of implant and condition of the patient.

What are the alternative treatments to surgery?

Certain back massage techniques are great in reducing symptoms associated with this disorder.

Acupressure treatments along the kidney and bladder meridians can provide patients an alleviation of back pain symptoms.

Craniosacral massage can help ease pain in the cervical area of the spine. It is typically a gentle, light-touch therapy.

Swedish Massage Techniques can often help relieve pain, increases blood circulation and calm the nervous system.

The therapist will most likely avoid the joints in the body, as they tend to hold lots of inflammation and irritation with this disorder.

How often should you get massage?

Get massage therapy, with concentration on back massage techniques, as often as you can afford to get massage. It helps to ease the pain and avoid excessive pain medications.

Find a massage therapist who specializes in Craniosacral Therapy or has experience working with patients who have spine disorders.

This DVD, Cranial Sacral Massage Therapy helps you learn 22 Basic and Advanced Craniosacral Techniques in the comfort of your home and is taught in 13 lessons by an instructor of this therapy, Mary Sullivan.

This is a clip of that DVD:

Spinal Stenosis pain can be reduced with regular massage therapy sessions, and a professional massage practitioner who has training in Craniosacral techniques.


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