Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces within your spine, which can put pressure on the nerves that travel through the spine. As it is a gradual process and rarely causes immediate symptoms, the subtle changes of spinal stenosis often result in a gradual decrease in physical activity, and a development of a more kyphotic or forward flexed posture. Symptoms typically progress over time, as nerves become more compressed. You might experience:
- balance problems
- leg or arm weakness
- lower back pain while standing or walking
- numbness in your legs or buttocks
A chiropractic adjustment balances out the nervous system, gets the joints moving again and often times leads to a reduction in the symptoms experienced by spinal stenosis. In addition to spinal manipulation, Jacksonville FL chiropractors use a variety of other techniques to help patients with spinal stenosis remain active and comfortable. An effective exercise program for people with lumbar spinal stenosis usually includes a combination of range of motion, strengthening, endurance, and stability related activities.