Spinal stenosis holistic approach

Spinal stenosis treatment often involves the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy and other conservative methods. But what if you want to treat your condition with alternative therapies? Are there any holistic methods that are beneficial to patients with spinal stenosis?

While the medical community hasn’t come to a consensus regarding the efficacy of some alternative therapies, many patients have found them to effectively relieve their symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness. Some of the popular alternative therapies for spinal stenosis include acupuncture and the use of herbal supplements. While you can’t reverse the effects of time, or the narrowing of the spinal canal, these treatments focus on pain management and increasing the spine’s health.


Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles along specific pathways (meridians) of the body. This practice is said to scramble nerve signals and trigger the body to produce endorphins that act as natural pain relievers. There are no known side effects of acupuncture, and some believe that it is effective at treating and preventing certain illnesses, quelling pain and promoting general health. This form of traditional Chinese medicine should only be performed by a licensed practitioner and in a sterile environment.

Herbal supplements

Some patients benefit from spinal stenosis treatment that includes the use of certain herbs, minerals and vitamins. This may include one or more of the following:

  • Hypericum
  • Comfrey
  • Devil’s claw
  • Turmeric
  • White willow

Be sure to consult a physician, pharmacist or herbal nutritionist prior to taking any of these substances to prevent drug interactions, allergies and other complications.

When holistic treatments aren’t enough

If several weeks or months of alternative treatments prove ineffective, speak with your physician. It may be necessary to try conservative techniques for spinal stenosis treatment, such as prescription drugs or corticosteroid spine injections. If symptoms progress to the point that they are debilitating and conservative treatments haven’t provided relief, surgery may be recommended. Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures are effective alternatives to traditional open neck and back surgery. Call today for your MRI review to see if you are a candidate for our surgery.

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