Massage for spinal stenosis

Managing your painful symptoms from spinal stenosis can be stressful; trying to balance your normal activities with chronic pain is one of the many difficulties this condition can bring. Massage for spinal stenosis can be an effective part of a treatment plan, because it can both temporarily relieve symptoms and also provide an overall wellness boost.

Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal usually related to age-related conditions like arthritis, and can lead to chronic, debilitating pain. Normal activities, such as housework, your job or even just going out for the night can become ordeals. To learn more about spinal stenosis and why it occurs, visit our spinal stenosis and diagnosing spinal stenosis pages.

How massage therapy treats spinal stenosis symptoms

Symptoms from spinal stenosis can be local and also radiate to the arms, hips and legs. Some flexibility may be lost and there can be discomfort when leaning backward. You also may experience cramping, numbness and tingling. Massage can be a great choice to treat these specific symptoms.

The first step in seeking pain relief is to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis of your condition. From there, you can work together to develop a plan of conservative treatment, possibly including massage physical therapy for spinal stenosis. The good news is that most people with stenosis find lasting relief and return to normal activities by following a course of nonsurgical options.

Massage therapy for spinal stenosis can include:

  • Deep tissue massage — A massage therapist can pinpoint the location of symptoms and use direct pressure to release tension.
  • Craniosacral therapy — This is an alternative treatment that uses therapeutic touch involving gentle manipulation of your head and other areas.
  • Swedish massage — Basic rubbing, kneading or stretching your muscles

When massage isn’t enough for pain relief

On occasion, some patients diagnosed with spinal stenosis require more than non-surgical treatment like massage therapy to live a fully functioning lifestyle once again. There are other options available for pain relief, including the state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures have quicker recovery times§ and lower risk of complication than other treatments like open back surgery. Contact us today for a no-cost review* of your MRI report, and to receive more information about whether you are a candidate for our outpatient procedures.

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