Exercises for foraminal narrowing can help many patients experience a reduction in pain and discomfort, especially when this condition is present in the lumbar spine. Since the lower back is responsible for supporting the greatest amount of body weight, and since this area is one of the more flexible regions of the spine, it is the most common area to develop foraminal narrowing, also called foraminal stenosis. However, people suffering from foraminal narrowing should always consult with a doctor before trying any exercise program. Certain exercises can make the condition worse, as can performing exercises incorrectly.
Under a doctor’s or physical therapist’s supervision, a number of exercise methods can provide relief for lumbar foraminal stenosis. By elongating the spine and stretching the ligaments and muscles in the lower back, the pressure on a compressed spinal nerve can be reduced. Some of the more popular exercises for this spinal condition include yoga and Pilates. These techniques are often effective because they serve to increase strength and flexibility, which can enable the soft tissues in the back to provide extra support, thereby relieving some of the pressure on the vertebrae, discs, and foramina.
What to do When Exercise Isn’t Enough
While yoga and Pilates have proven effective in treating foraminal narrowing, some patients may find little to no relief. These individuals should discuss other non-invasive forms of treatment with their doctors. Patients may also want to explore alternative therapies, such as:
- Massage therapy
- Herbal supplements
- And others
If the conservative and alternative treatments are also ineffective, an endoscopic procedure from Laser Spine Institute may help. Contact us to learn about our safe and effective outpatient procedures and how they have helped tens of thousands of patients rediscover their lives without neck and back pain.