At Dublin Chiropractic and Physiotherapy, we offer physiotherapy and chiropractic care for spinal stenosis. We provide unique treatment options that relieve symptoms that are often coupled with spinal stenosis such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness.
Our treatment options include physiotherapy, chiropractic spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, intrinsic core strengthening, and laser therapy. Our team of chiropractors and physiotherapists working together offers unmatched care, providing the best possible results for our clients. If you need treatment for spinal stenosis do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation.
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal or tunnel through which the spinal cord runs. This narrowing causes spinal nerves or the spinal cord to be compressed – causing neurological symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness. Spinal stenosis most often occurs in the neck or low back. Spinal nerves can be compressed due to a herniated disc or inflammation of the surrounding joints or ligaments of the spine. 
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
Spinal stenosis can occur from congenital conditions, however, most cases occur from acquired injuries or degenerative changes. For example, spinal stenosis can occur as a complication from surgery, for example, spinal fusion, or from trauma to the spinal. Degenerative changes that cause swelling of the joints and ligaments of the spine may also be the cause of spinal stenosis.
- In rare cases – spinal stenosis can be congenital.
- In the majority of cases – spinal stenosis is the result of trauma – i.e a road traffic accident, sports injury, or a complication from spinal surgery.
- Disc Herniations.
- Bone Spurs (ie. Osteophytes).
- Inflammation of the joints of the spine causing them to swell. 
What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?
The symptoms of spinal stenosis vary depending on the nerve or spinal cord that is compressed. Symptoms typically include;
- Numbness/Altered sensation.
- Weakness in the arms or legs (in severe cases paralysis of the arm or leg).
Pain may be worse with sitting due to increased pressure on the spinal nerves when seated for long periods of time. The symptoms caused by spinal stenosis can hugely impact how you sleep, work and carry out normal activities such as walking and driving. The symptoms caused by spinal stenosis can also impact cognitive functions such as memory or the ability to concentrate.
Treatment Options for Spinal Stenosis
At Dublin Chiropractic and Physiotherapy, we treat spinal stenosis with a range of treatment options for relief from symptoms and long-term resolution. We target the problem, not just the symptoms.
Our treatment plans are made for you, so why not book your consultation today. Our treatment plans are designed to quickly reduce your pain and discomfort and promote spinal health for long-term resolution. So you do not have to worry about your pain when running or working or simply when going about your daily activities.
Tackling Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis: Spinal Stenosis is often coupled with symptoms such as debilitating pain in the low back, through the buttocks and down one or both legs, stiffness in the low back, numbness, and/or tingling, and muscle weakness. Physiotherapy can effectively tackle all these symptoms for long-term resolution and newfound confidence in your body.
Exercise Therapy: Our physiotherapists will offer you an individually tailored exercise program with exercises that work with your busy lifestyle, with the goal to regain the strength of the muscles of the low back, hips, and core for long-term success and relief from pain. Our physiotherapists focus on finding exercises that suit you from weight-lifting to yoga and pilates.
Hands-on Therapies: Physiotherapy can also help to provide immediate relief through hands-on treatment like massage therapy and joint mobilizations. Massage therapy and joints mobilizations effectively reduce pain, numbness, and stiffness/increase range of motion in your low back and the surrounding joints. 
Long-term Health Promotion: Our physiotherapists can also give you the advice to prevent future injuries, live a healthier life free from aches and pains, how to find a comfortable and optimal sleeping position, and they will ease any concerns you may have regarding spinal stenosis. It is of the utmost importance to us to get our clients back to doing the things they love and feeling better than ever.
Our physiotherapists are also competent clinicians in the use of Laser Therapy, Intrinsic Core Strengthening, and Spinal Decompression, and often combine these therapies with Exercise Therapy, Hands-on Therapies, and Health Promotion to provide our clients with a complete care package for the best possible results.
Spinal Decompression works by taking pressure or stress off the joints of the low-back that is causing pain, discomfort, inflammation, or degeneration experienced by those with Spinal Stenosis. A gentle and gradual pull is applied to the joints of the low-back that not only relieves the pressure on the joint but also nourishes and lubricants the joints – promoting cell renewal, regeneration and allows space for herniated discs to return to their normal position. If you would like to read more on Herniated Disc and how they may be the cause of your low-back pain check out our blog post here.
The Benefits of Spinal Decompression for Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is often caused by a herniated disc or inflammation of the joints of the spine. Not only is spinal decompression been found to effectively reduce herniated discs and relieve symptoms associated with spinal stenosis, but it is pain-free, and many people find the gradual, gentle pull or traction on the spine very relaxing as it slowly relieves pressure on the spine unlike anything else, finally giving much-needed rest-bite from frustrating and sometimes exhausting nerve pain. If you are curious and interested in simply trying out spinal decompression feel free to contact us for more information.
Intrinsic Core Strengthening
Most people do not use their core muscles correctly or at all. Utilizing our core correctly has so many long-term health benefits. Our strong core muscles can take a lot of the stress and demands put on our bodies. But for most people, the muscles can surround our joints and the somewhat vulnerable structures of our joints (such as the cartilage, ligaments, or bursas) take all the load.
For prevention of injury and pain, for optimal functioning and to truly function to bodies true potential, it is important to not only use the muscles that surround our joints but also to use our core muscles! Intrinsic core strengthening will activate your core muscles and help offload the demands and stress put on your joints.
Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments
Chiropractic spinal adjustments work by relieving stiffness and pressure on the nerves, often experienced by those with spinal stenosis, allowing you to feel and move much more freely.
Benefits of Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments
- A reduction in pain and discomfort.
- A decrease in inflammation.
- Alleviation from stress and tension.
- An Improvement in physical function and performance.
Laser Therapy works by promoting the natural healing process of the body. It promotes cell growth and increases mitochondrial cells. Mitochondrial cells or mitochondria are important for all metabolic processes in the body – including healing damaged or inflamed joints or muscles. Laser therapy has been shown to effectively relieve pain and swelling in those suffering from pain caused by spinal stenosis by reducing inflammation and promoting healthy cell regeneration.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
The treatment is harmless and pain-free and takes only 15-20 minutes for effective results. Our laser therapy is performed by a competent physiotherapist – so you are in good hands. Free feel to ask any questions you may have during the session.
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 Manual therapy and channel enlargement exercises versus conventional physical therapy in lumbar stenosis – a study protocol.