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 USA Spine Care. 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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If you're living with spinal stenosis in the upper spine and searching for relief, reach out to USA Spine Care for help. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping people develop the right care plan to reach treatment goals and achieve lasting relief.
Patients can expect recovery to last 4-6 weeks in most cases (depending on the complexity of your condition). People who choose minimally invasive spine surgery recover faster and get back to work sooner than those who choose open back surgery. Read more in the links below: Recovery After a ProcedureWhat to ExpectRecovery Times
Problems from anesthesia.
A deep infection in the surgical wound.
A skin infection.
Nerve injury, including weakness, numbness, or paralysis.
Tears in the fibrous tissue that covers the spinal cord and the nerve near the spinal cord. These tears may require more surgery.
Trouble passing urine, or loss of bladder or bowel control.
Long-term (chronic) pain, which happens after surgery in some cases.
The chance that the surgery won't relieve your symptoms. And even if you get better with surgery, there is a chance that you may get new symptoms in the future.
Death from problems caused by surgery, but this is rare.
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*Our MRI review is an informational review of the MRI report that you provide to us and is not a form of diagnosis. A diagnosis and a final determination of whether you may benefit from treatment at USA Spine Care can only be made after you have been physically examined by our medical professionals at USA Spine Care. The MRI review has no value and will not be billed.