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3 Tips for Dealing with Spinal Stenosis

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If you’re reading this blog, you are likely dealing with spine pain.  Just about everyone has experienced it one way or another and it may disappear and reappear infrequently.  Spinal stenosis is a condition which occurs in individuals where the spinal canal narrows which could lead to pinched nerves and other complications that exacerbate the pain and spread it through the body.  Today we’re going to discuss best practices for how to manage this condition in particular.

Keep Your Weight Down
Your spine has a pretty important and stressful job of carrying the weight of your body and distributing that weight properly.  Carrying around extra weight can even change your spine somewhat permanently so it’s important to maintain a healthy weight.  If you have a lot to lose, it’s best to get started right away.  Every pound that your spine doesn’t have to carry is beneficial.

Practice Low Impact Exercises
As we discussed in a recent blog, How to Exercise While Suffering Back Pain, it’s important to practice low impact exercises that won’t increase or cause more pain.  Consider certain yoga positions in addition to those recommended in that blog.  Before any exercise, remember to stretch.  Gentle stretching can help put everything back in alignment and is a good way to start your day.

Manage Inflammation
Inflammation makes everything just a little bit worse.  If inflammation gets out of hand, pain goes up and flexibility goes down, which makes it more difficult to recover.  There are plenty of medications on the market that reduce inflammation but don’t neglect natural foods.  Our blog, Turn to Food to Fight Back Pain, outlines several foods that have proven anti-inflammatory agents.  Some of them are even tasty!  Don’t forget that some extracts are available on the market if you never acquired a taste for, say, sardines.