What Is Physical Therapy for Spinal Stenosis?

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The purpose of physical therapy is to decrease pain and allow you to gradually return to your normal activities. Physical therapy for spinal stenosis involves treatment with physical or mechanical means, such as through exercise or heat. Physical therapy may reduce pain in the soft tissues (such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons), improve function, and build muscle strength. A physical therapist provides these treatments and will also provide education, instruction, and support for recovery. Physical therapy techniques may include:
  • Stretching, to reduce stress on joints.
  • Aquatic exercises, to allow your body to exercise without pressure on the spine.
  • Cycling and limited walking, to promote good physical conditioning.
  • Education, to help you improve and maintain your posture.
  • Exercise, to strengthen muscles.
  • Heat therapy, to improve blood circulation to the muscles and other soft tissues.
  • Ice therapy, to help relieve pain.
  • Manual therapy, including massage, to improve or keep range of motion.
Your doctor or a physical therapist will design a program specific to your normal level of activity, physical fitness, and severity of pain. Keyword: spinal stenosis physical therapy
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