Treating Muscle Spasms Caused by Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal column over time, causing major health issues due to the compression of spinal nerves. Spinal stenosis is most common in older individuals and is most commonly accompanied by muscle spasms, or uncontrolled muscle movement. Areas of the body most affected by the condition include the lower back (lumbar spine) or the upper back (cervical spine).
There is no known cure for spinal stenosis, however a myriad of management and mitigation options exist. The most common approach to chronic management is a chiropractic one. Many patients have found relief from spinal stenosis through routine, regular chiropractic care, and a combination of exercise and lifestyle adjustments.
Posture Works provides invaluable assistance to patients in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO suffering from spinal stenosis. We’re focused on generating positive health outcomes and minimizing muscle spasms for those who live their lives with this condition.
Evaluate the problem
When diagnosed with spinal stenosis, it’s imperative that the first step in managing it is to speak to a chiropractor. A chiropractic professional will offer a complete physical evaluation of your spine, pinpointing areas that are prone to be most affected or those that are already being impacted.
If you’re already feeling the effects of the condition, be sure to share and discuss them with a chiropractor. Beyond muscle spasms and back pain, spinal stenosis can include:
- Sciatic pain;
- Chronic weakness and fatigue;
- Decreased blood flow;
- In some extreme cases, paralysis.
As a chiropractor evaluates the intensity and degree of your condition, they’ll work to develop an adjustment plan that encompasses your spine’s unique needs. For some, this could mean simple spinal checks; for others, it may mean a targeted series of adjustments to mitigate compression.
Pinpoint lifestyle changes
Chiropractic care is a natural method of spinal stenosis treatment that focuses on the whole individual. As a result, more than just the spine is considered. A chiropractor will often discuss how to proceed with diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Some of these changes could include:
- Exercise: The chiropractor may provide low impact, therapeutic exercises to strengthen key muscle groups that support your spine.
- Nutritional supplements: The chiropractor will discuss options with you intended to strengthen disc cartilage.
- Sleeping: Switching to a supportive mattress and pillow along with sleeping in a neutral spine position can be critical to the fight against spinal stenosis.
Adjustments for the long-term
Whenever spinal discs are misaligned, bigger health problems are on the way. The narrowing the spinal column is no exception. This may result in faulty nerve signals being sent to all parts of the body. This is also why you may experience tingling or numbness in the extremities, along with uncomfortable muscle spasms.
Resetting the spine can improve central nervous system function, reduce pain, increase energy, reduce muscle spasms, and result in more restful sleep. Unlike medication, chiropractic has minimal side effects and may provide long-term benefits. This is paramount in slowing the effects of spinal stenosis and keeping them in check.
The team at Posture Works is familiar with spinal stenosis, and we care for patients across the San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO regions. Talk to us today to learn more about the revolutionary Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program we use to provide long-term outlooks for our patients and schedule a free consultation today.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.