Spondylosis exercises, performed after consulting with a physician and under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, can be an effective for managing the symptoms of stiffness and nerve compression associated with degenerative spine conditions. In fact, a vigorous, low-impact exercise regimen can even help slow the degeneration process or, at the very least, better prepare the body to deal with the virtually inevitable onset of spinal degeneration that comes with age. In general, the better your overall health heading into middle age, the better prepared you’ll be to handle the effects of aging on the spine.
Goals of spondylosis exercises
Whether you currently have spondylosis or you are looking for ways to prevent its onset, low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, aerobics and light weight training can be effective. Always talk to a physician to gauge your fitness level before undertaking a new exercise regimen. Having a thorough physical exam performed is a good way to determine your exercise goals, which can include:
- Strengthening the “core” muscles of the abdomen, pelvis, and thighs to help provide overall support for better posture.
- Strengthening the smaller muscles associated with the spine to provide better structural support for the vertebrae.
- Improving flexibility at all levels of the spine, particularly in the cervical and lumbar regions.
- Improving cardiovascular health to ensure proper blood flow throughout the spine, which enables important fluid transfer at the cellular level.
- Avoiding excess body weight or obesity, which places undue stress on the spinal anatomy.
Don’t overdo it
While performing spondylosis exercises can be an effective conservative method of treatment for degenerative spine problems, too much exercise – or the wrong kind of exercise – actually can exacerbate neck or back pain. If conservative treatments such as exercise, pain medication, physical therapy, or behavior modification have proven ineffective for managing your spondylosis pain, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure performed using effective, advanced techniques can help you find relief from neck or back pain.