You may not even know what Spinal stenosis is and what it can do to you, but it is a potential consequence of osteoarthritis and/or degenerative changes in your spine. That’s why we take x-rays. To find out if in fact you have things like spinal stenosis, and what can be done to either slow it down, or stop its progression.
A lot of people, especially younger people don’t take that seriously because of one reason. They’re YOUNG, and therefore, they don’t have the issues they have when they start hitting 40 or 50 years old. The hallmark of spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spaces through which the spinal cord and/or spinal nerve roots pass. Nerves and the spinal cord are made of very sensitive material, and when they come into contact with nearby bones, symptoms often result. Now when I say come in contact with nearby bones, I’m talking about just a slight amount to cause major symptoms. And really, what your body is doing is finally telling you, “Hey, you have some problems. Get me to a chiropractor so you can get these taken care of.”
Arthritis and spinal stenosis usually results from aging or trauma from injuries, impact and the like. So what can help besides regular adjustments to your spine?
Regular Exercise May Help Prevent Spinal Stenosis!
I’m sure not everyone that reads my newsletters will agree with me, but I know you’re probably one of the many that do. The fact is, we as human beings – all need regular exercise – and like I said, it just comes with you being a human.
You’ll want an exercise plan that’s tailored to who you are as an individual – which means it takes your age, health concerns, including any arthritis or spinal stenosis (if you have those), and your fitness level into consideration (how long it’s been since you’ve walked or been to the gym). It may help you safely build your endurance, increase or maintain your spinal flexibility and develop those good ’ole back supporting abdominal muscles. I’ve found out one thing. If you sit at a desk, you need to move every thirty minutes. That means if you don’t move, you’re not activating the proper hormones and enzymes to keep you fit. When you’re moving you are getting these enzymes engaged and working. When that happens, your chances of gaining weight are reduced, but that still doesn’t mean you can eat junk food and maintain your weight.
So in summary, make sure you’re x-rayed to check any progression of spinal stenosis, and make sure that you move around every thirty minutes.