Foraminal narrowing (neural foraminal stenosis) is a condition in which the foramina, or the canals on either side of vertebrae, are constricted. Nerves branching off the spinal cord exit through these canals and can be compressed if the canal is constricted as the result of one or more spinal conditions.
When dealing with neck and back pain from foraminal narrowing, you might first think of taking pain medication to help alleviate your symptoms. Medication, while it can sometimes relieve pain, is chemically produced and there may be mild-to-severe side effects that can compromise your overall health. Alternative treatments for foraminal narrowing might be an attractive natural remedy option for many people dealing with neck and back pain. Regardless of the type of treatment you pursue, you should always consult with your physician before starting.
Alternative treatments for foraminal narrowing can include:
- Chiropractic – Chiropractors believe that the condition of the spine and nervous system influences how the body functions overall. Chiropractic spinal adjustments may help realign the vertebrae and intervertebral discs, and could temporarily reduce nerve compression.
- Aromatherapy – Inhaling the scented molecules from essential oils such as chamomile, marjoram, lavender, St. John’s Wort and helichrysum may help alleviate symptoms by interacting with the limbic system. The limbic system components control your pain reflex, emotions, hormones and memory storage.
- Inversion therapy – Proponents of inversion therapy believe hanging upside down or at an angle on an inversion table can decompress the spinal structures while improving blood flow, flexibility and posture.
- Acupuncture – Small stainless steel needles are inserted into energy points of the body, usually near nerves, in an attempt unblock the channels of energy throughout the body and heal illnesses.
Another option to consider
You may have tried alternative and conservative treatments for your foraminal narrowing symptoms. If these were unsuccessful in reducing your pain, a minimally invasive procedure offered at Laser Spine Institute might help. We offer a variety of procedures, including foraminotomies, procedures that remove the tissue or bone blocking the foramina using state-of-the-art techniques. Contact us today for your MRI or CT scan review.