Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows, compressing or “squeezing” the spinal cord and nerves inside. (“Stenosis” means “narrowing” in Greek.) Most commonly, the narrowing occurs in the lower back, which is called “lumbar spinal stenosis.” (When it occurs in the neck, it’s called “cervical spinal stenosis.”)
Pain exists, however, only if and when the narrowing affects the nerves. If a nerve is touched or squeezed by the spinal canal, pain can occur in the back, legs, neck, arms, and hands, all depending on the location of the narrowing.
Numbness or tingling in the legs and feet are also possible, as well as cramps in the legs. The pain usually lessens if you lean forward.
These symptoms can occur intermittently, depending on if and when the nerves are affected.
Other problems with the body (muscle imbalances), mind (e.g., stress), and/or diet all can make this condition worse.
Considered an aging disease, spinal stenosis usually occurs in people over 40 years old.
While age is a factor, there are two other factors that often are overlooked: the calcification of the spinal canal, which is primarily caused by a nutrient imbalance; and a build-up of fibrin (scar tissue) brought on by a reduction in proteolytic enzymes in the body as we age.
The good news is that both of these things can be addressed fairly easily.
For some, spinal stenosis is congenital, caused by imperfections in the development of the spine. Other causes include a herniated disc, osteoporosis, a tumor, or calcification, which is often the result of mineral imbalances.
Traditional treatments for spinal stenosis usually include restriction of movement–in other words, bed rest.
Some professionals may recommend corticosteroid injections to minimize swelling, as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acetaminophen. Therapeutic exercises, hot packs, and electrical stimulation may also provide some relief.
For those who do not respond favorably to these treatments, surgery may be recommended.
There are additional treatments, though, which have provided pain relief for many people afflicted with spinal stenosis.
Everyone with spinal stenosis has trigger points, so daily trigger point therapy is beneficial.
To receive maximum benefit, follow trigger point therapy immediately with muscle balance therapy, which helps to return balance and proper function of the joints and muscles.
The deep penetration of far-infrared therapy has also given some immense relief and improved range of motion, as well as the benefits from improved blood flow to the afflicted area.
Ice and/or heat can also help with any inflammation, pain, or stiffness that often gain relief from just one of these treatments, while others may need to implement several of them into their treatment plan.
Temporary Pain Relief — Action Plan
These are the three you should begin today, in order of importance
Long-Term Relief — Action Plan
For this condition, it’s imperative you begin nutrient supplementation immediately.
First, if you haven’t already, start with an enzyme supplement. As the body ages, it produces fewer of its own natural fibrin fighters–called proteolytic enzymes.
Without these critical enzymes to “eat up” and help wash away scar tissue, it builds up around the discs, contributing to the narrowing of the spine. Supplementing your diet with additional enzymes will help your body to clear away the scar tissue and give your spine back the flexibility it needs to function pain free.
These enzymes also act as the body’s natural anti-inflammatories, which help prevent fibrin from forming in the first place.
Second, you need to address the nutrient imbalance that often contributes to the calcification of the spinal canal–namely, an imbalance in calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D.
Like most minerals, calcium needs buddies to help it get absorbed into the body’s cells.
These “buddy nutrients” include vitamin D and magnesium. If you aren’t getting enough of these, your calcium most likely will continue on its merry way through your body.
You may absorb 30 percent of it, but for healthy bones, that isn’t enough. Your body will rob your bones to get what it needs, making your condition worse.
As always, pick a capsule or liquid over a tablet for better absorption.