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Top 10 Tips for Managing Lumbar Spinal Stenosis



Elastic Lumbar Corset

  1. Ride an exercise bike. Work out while decreasing pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. A great alternative to walking.

  2. Stop forcing yourself to stand up straight. If you’re comfortable standing up straight, great. But if standing up straight is making your legs feel rubbery or your low back feel like it’s going to cave in, you’re better off finding a nice place to sit down.

  3. Use an elastic lumbar corset. Helps limit large movements. Helps if you’re going to be on your feet a little longer than usual. Wear it while you sleep to reduce awful morning wake-up pain.

  4. Use ice. Slows down the nerve’s ability to conduct pain signals and increases circulation to your spine. Ice also causes deep muscle relaxation.

  5. Use a walker with a seat. A walker with fold-down seat lets you to sit down whenever you need to and is great for preventing falls. Especially useful if you have trouble walking or standing for long periods.

  6. Use a Nu-Step machine. It lets you sit while you exercise

  7. Share this book with friends and family. You need them to understand what you’re going through. (And to stop nagging you to “stand up straight” and walk more.)

  8. Buy a recliner. Recliners let you rest in a comfortably flexed position. Just remember to get out of it and move around frequently.

  9. Lie down (or recline) and strengthen your legs. Do more repetitions (because you’re not standing) and experience less fatigue (because you’re not standing) exercising in a position in which your nerves are firing full-cylinder.

  10. Get regular aerobic exercise. Increase the general health of all tissues. Aerobic exercise is the single most important factor in whether an individual has back pain.

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