How to enjoy a movie if you have spinal narrowing

When you are living with symptoms related to spinal narrowing, once relaxing activities like watching a movie can turn into an uncomfortable experience. As frustrating as this can be, there are treatments and lifestyle changes which can help you regain a healthy, active lifestyle and it is important to work closely with your doctor or specialist to develop a care plan that is best for you. You can also take steps to make sure that the activities you love are as enjoyable as possible.

Helpful tips for watching a movie when you have spinal narrowing

Tips for watching a movie with spinal narrowing include:

  • Hot/cold therapy. If you’re watching a movie at home, consider alternating a heating pad with an ice pack on your neck or back while watching. If you’re at a movie theater, an unscented hot/cold therapy patch can be a more discreet alternative.
  • Stretch. Before and after the movie stretch your entire body, including your neck and back. This will keep your muscles loose and help prevent undue stress on your spine while you sit.
  • Take breaks. Don’t be afraid to take a short break so you can get up and stretch your legs. If you’re at home, pause the movie for a minute. If you’re in a theater, secure yourself an aisle seat so you can easily get out. Even a short walk from your seat to the door of the theater and back can make a difference; and then you don’t have to miss any of the movie.
  • Take your medication. If you’re currently taking pain medicine, take it about half an hour before the movie begins to give it time to kick in.

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Many patients with spinal narrowing are able to find lasting relief without ever having to resort to surgery. But if you find yourself living with debilitating pain even after weeks and months of treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back procedures, offering our patients a streamlined outpatient experience with a shorter recovery time.^

We’ll be happy to review your MRI or CT scan at no cost* to help you find out if you’re a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine procedures.