Cycling. It’s fun. It is relaxing.
It’s a sport all ages can enjoy. It is
a method to get relief from spinal stenosis related back pain.
Johnson Chiropractic is happy to suggest an gratifying
exercise option with Richmond chiropractic back pain patients for more
Richmond 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 get older, our discs lose nutrition
and height - more so for some of us than others - which leads to that narrowing. Going to the grocery store becomes a joy
just to lean forward over the grocery cart as it feels good!
Why? Leaning forward flexes the spine and widens the spinal canal
space thereby easing Richmond back pain.
Researchers report that flexion-based
training like cycling really 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 outlook on life!
HOW CYCLING HELPS RELIEVE Richmond BACK PAIN FROM LUMBAR SPINAL
For older patients with lumbar spinal stenosis pain that
has continued for years, a better
quality of life is welcome! One
study explored how cycling affected older back pain patients. Their average age
was 70.9 years. Some were uneasy of cycling due
to fear of pain and fatigue, feeling the bike was too large,
believing they didn’t have time to cycle, and not really
wanting to do it. (Sound familiar?
We can all be like that sometimes! Richmond
folks do need to set aside time to exercise regardless of how old we are!) Those who got over those concerns and cycled were pleased with their clinical improvement (reduced leg pain and disability)
and realized that the bicycle was not
bad at all. (1) You never know until you try! Johnson Chiropractic urges
our Richmond chiropractic patients to attempt novel
things to assist with their Richmond back pain relief.
CYCLING HELPS AVOID BACK SURGERY
Something new that many Richmond chiropractic
patients do not fancy trying is back surgery. When
the pain is really uncomfortable, a back surgery seems like a solution. In a study conducted at
a spine surgery center, patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and low back pain do a 4 months’ training program using a stationary bicycle.
They cycle at about 70% of maximal capacity. Nearly half
of the patients got better so much that they did not require
spinal surgery. (2) Now that is a benefit Richmond
lumbar spinal stenosis patients want!
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
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.