Cycling. It is fun. It’s calming.
It’s a sport (most!) anyone can enjoy. It is
a method to get relief from spinal stenosis related back pain.
Vancouver Disc Centers is glad to share an enjoyable
exercise option with Vancouver chiropractic back pain patients for additional
Vancouver 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 results from
spinal conditions 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 thrill
just to lean forward over the grocery cart as it feels good!
Why? Leaning forward flexes the spine and opens the spinal canal
space thus easing Vancouver back pain.
Researchers report that flexion-based
training like cycling really reduced back and improved
function and quality of life in older people with chronic low back pain. (1) Just
getting oxygen flowing is a good thing to improve
HOW CYCLING HELPS RELIEVE Vancouver BACK PAIN FROM LUMBAR SPINAL
For older patients with lumbar spinal stenosis pain that’s persisted for years, an improved
quality of life is welcome! One
study explored how cycling affected older back pain patients. Their average age
was 70.9 years. Some were frightened of cycling due
to fear of pain and fatigue, thinking the bike was too large,
believing they didn’t have time to cycle, and not being motivated to participate in cycling. (Sound familiar?
We can all be like that sometimes! Vancouver
folks do need to schedule time to exercise regardless of how old we are!) Those who let
go of those concerns and cycled were pleasantly
satisfied with their clinical improvement (reduced leg pain and disability)
and found that the bicycle was simple. (1) You never know until you try! Vancouver Disc Centers supports
our Vancouver chiropractic patients to try new
things to help with their Vancouver back pain relief.
CYCLING HELPS AVOID BACK SURGERY
Something new that many Vancouver chiropractic
patients don’t want to try is back surgery. When
the pain is bad, a back surgery may
appear like an answer. In a study conducted at
a spine surgery center, patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and low back pain undergo a 4 months’ training program using a stationary bicycle.
They cycle at about 70% of maximal capacity. Nearly half
of the patients improved so much that they did not require
spinal surgery. (2) Now that is a benefit Vancouver
lumbar spinal stenosis patients desire!
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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.