Cycling. It is fun. It is relaxing.
It’s a sport all ages can enjoy. It’s
a method to get relief from spinal stenosis related back pain.
The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider is happy to share an gratifying
exercise option with Ottawa chiropractic back pain patients for additional
Ottawa 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 follows from
issues like degenerative disc disease and disc
herniation. In older folks, lumbar spinal stenosis is familiar. As we age, 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 relieves pain!
Why? Leaning forward flexes the spine and opens the spinal canal
space thus easing Ottawa back pain.
Researchers report that flexion-based
training like cycling effectively reduced back and improved
function and quality of life in older people with chronic low back pain. (1) Improving the oxygen flow is a good thing to improve
HOW CYCLING HELPS RELIEVE Ottawa BACK PAIN FROM LUMBAR SPINAL
For older patients with lumbar spinal stenosis pain that’s continued for years, a better
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 big,
believing they didn’t have time to cycle, and not being motivated to participate in cycling. (Sounds like all of us at times! Ottawa
folks just have to set aside time to exercise no
matter how old we are!) Those who got over those concerns and cycled were pleased with their clinical improvement (reduced leg pain and disability)
and realized that the bicycle was easy to use. (1) You never know until you try! The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider urges
our Ottawa chiropractic patients to attempt new
things to help with their Ottawa back pain relief.
CYCLING HELPS AVOID BACK SURGERY
Something new that many Ottawa chiropractic
patients do not want to try is back surgery. When
the pain is bad, a back surgery sounds like an answer. In a study done at
a spine surgery center, patients with lumbar spinal stenosis and low back pain do a 4 months’ training program using a stationary bicycle.
They cycle at about 70% of maximal capacity. Almost 50%
of the patients improved so much that they did not need
spinal surgery. (2) Now that is a benefit Ottawa
lumbar spinal stenosis patients desire!
CONTACT The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Kurt Olding sharing a patient with lumbar spinal stenosis helped
with Cox Technic spinal manipulation on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.