Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows. Since this canal houses the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots, this issue can lead to other serious problems. For instance, the narrowing can lead to a pinched nerve. This can cause pain, numbness and other symptoms in the parts of the body served by that nerve. Physical therapists in Woodbridge, New Jersey, can help people treat spinal stenosis, and there are two therapy methods that are commonly used in these treatment plans.
1. Active release
In many cases, scar tissue and other problems can cause increased back muscle tension. This greater tension can then contribute to spinal stenosis. One spinal stenosis physical therapy technique that can target tense muscles is active release.
Active release is actually a combination of two types of therapy. One part of the method is massaging movements performed by the therapist’s hands. These movements are designed to help break up areas of scar tissue in the muscles, and these areas are also called adhesions. As the therapist is performing these movements, they’ll often have you move your body in specific ways. These movements are the other part of active release, and they’re intended to increase the effectiveness of the hands-on movements.
2. Posture education
Posture education is another therapy method typically used to treat spinal stenosis and other forms of back pain. Posture means the position you hold your body in while sitting or standing, and you can fall into bad postural habits for several reasons. For one thing, you could have had an injury that weakened critical posture muscles in your back or neck. Repetitive activities like slumping over while looking at a cellphone can also cause poor posture to develop.
For spinal stenosis patients, poor posture can actually decrease the space in your spinal canal even further. To counteract this, physical therapists will teach you ways to improve your posture and reduce stress on your spine. This may include teaching you how to better position your computer screen to maintain better head and neck posture. This type of education can also include learning stretches for important posture muscles.
Spinal stenosis physical therapy is available at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation in Woodbridge, NJ
Woodbridge residents with spinal stenosis may need to know where to turn for physical therapy, and Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation has a clinic right here in town that can help you. Using one of our complimentary screenings, we can determine how your spinal stenosis is affecting you. Then, we’ll build you a personalized treatment plan that’s intended to provide benefits such as:
- Decreased pain
- Increased spinal mobility
- Improved posture
- Greater ability to do normal daily activities
Are you ready to get our help with your spinal stenosis treatment? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.