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  • Terri Night, PT

Tai Chi for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Tai Chi for Spinal Stenosis? Yes, absolutely! If you have trouble standing, I recommend Tai Chi in a tall-sitting position, such as sitting on the arm or back of a couch or on high stool or bed. Some of my patients report dramatic post-surgical recovery breakthroughs after practicing just a few Tai Chi warm-up moves several times throughout their day.

One reason for this may be that many conservative (and post op) back exercises are about stabilization and strengthening in these very linear planes. People can be taught inadvertently by conventional PT exercises, to move around like robots.

Tai Chi helps you learn to move your whole body, not just one part at a time, so you move more efficiently, effortlessly, and with less stress on the joints.

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