Cycling. It is fun. It’s calming. It’s a sport (most!) anyone can enjoy. It is a method to get relief from spinal stenosis related back pain. Moriarty Chiropractic is happy to suggest an gratifying exercise option with Nashua chiropractic back pain patients for added Nashua back pain relief.
WHAT IS LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS
Lumbar spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal area in the low back. Such narrowing follows from issues like degenerative disc disease and disc herniation. In older folks, lumbar spinal stenosis is common. As we age, our discs lose nutrition and height - more so for some of us than others - which leads to that narrowing. Going to the grocery store comes to be a delight just to lean forward over the grocery cart as it relieves pain! Why? Leaning forward flexes the spine and widens the spinal canal space thus reducing Nashua back pain.
Researchers find that flexion-based training like cycling effectively reduced back and enhanced function and quality of life in older people with chronic low back pain. (1) Improving the oxygen flow is a good thing to improve anyone’s attitude!
HOW CYCLING HELPS RELIEVE Nashua BACK PAIN FROM LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS
For older patients with lumbar spinal stenosis pain that’s lasted for years, an improved quality of life is welcome! One study explored how cycling affected older back pain patients. Their average age was 70.9 years. Some were apprehensive of cycling due to fear of pain and fatigue, thinking the bike was too large, believing they didn’t have time to cycle, and not really wanting to participate in cycling. (Sounds like all of us sometimes! Nashua folks do need to schedule time to exercise regardless of how old we are!) Those who let go of those concerns and cycled were pleased with their clinical improvement (reduced leg pain and disability) and discovered that the bicycle was easy to use. (1) You never know until you try! Moriarty Chiropractic supports our Nashua chiropractic patients to attempt novel things to help with their Nashua back pain relief.
CYCLING HELPS AVOID BACK SURGERY
Something new that many Nashua chiropractic patients do not want to try is back surgery. When the pain is bad, a back surgery sounds like a solution. In a study done at a spine surgery center, patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and low back pain participate in a 4 months’ training program using a stationary bicycle. They cycle at about 70% of maximal capacity. Nearly 50% of the patients got better so much that they did not require spinal surgery. (2) Now that is a benefit Nashua lumbar spinal stenosis patients want!
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kurt Olding sharing a case of lumbar spinal stenosis helped with Cox Technic spinal manipulation on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson.