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Manahawkin Walking and Non-Drug Therapy for Back Pain and Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis and its related back pain is widespread and distressing for many. Dementia, neurogenic claudication, reduced walking distance, poor balance, reduced quality of life, and modified posture often accompany spinal stenosis. Disc herniations, disc degeneration, and other spinal canal space invaders invite spinal stenosis. At Manahawkin Chiropractic Center, Manahawkin spinal stenosis patients who want to uninvite spinal stenosis have someone by their side.


Research keeps presenting lumbar spinal stenosis as being linked to conditions like dementia development, walking capacity, and lower quality of life. A new study reported that lumbar spinal stenosis was an independent risk factor for acquiring dementia. Of 1220 patients, 10.8% of the lumbar spinal stenosis patients experienced dementia compared to only 4.4% of the control group members. (1) Older adults with lumbar spinal stenosis were portrayed as changing their posture with a forward bend to improve their ability and tolerance for walking. Researchers who studied this phenomenon found that this posture was more of a forward shift of the pelvis during walking and standing. They deduced that limited walking in symptomatic spinal stenosis patients was more related to spine loading which rose 7%. (2) Whatever it is linked to, decreased walking ability isn’t good. Someday it will be nice to more fully understand the part stenosis plays in relationship to inhibited walking, but for now, Manahawkin Chiropractic Center will continue to encourage walking for spinal stenosis patients, slow and steady and distance increased as able.


Since spinal stenosis is so common a condition in older folks, multiple guidelines and reports are published and with good reason. Decreased walking ability and quality of life are recorded side-effects of lumbar spinal stenosis. These 2 issues persist as the leading factors for back surgery in older sufferers. Sadly, 40% of those who undergo spinal surgery for the lumbar spinal stenosis still report walking issues post-surgery. (3) Recommendation 1 of a newer guideline for handling lumbar spinal stenosis and associated neurogenic claudication encouraged non-surgical multimodal care to consist of non-drug therapy with education, advice, lifestyle changes, home exercise, manual therapy, acupuncture (trial), rehab, and therapy. (4) An update to the 2013 Cochrane review of research studies on the outcomes of treatments for lumbar spine stenosis related neurogenic claudication that reduced the ability to walk revealed that manual therapy and exercise to improve walking distance together was an effective treatment approach. Epidural steroids were not. (5) Conservative, non-surgical care of Manahawkin spinal stenosis is recommended by spine researchers and by Manahawkin Chiropractic Center.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient with lumbar spinal stenosis and balance issues. Relief with Cox® Technic is described.

Make your Manahawkin chiropractic appointment soon for pain relief of spinal stenosis that can get you walking (more) again!

Manahawkin Chiropractic Center encourages walking and guideline-recommended non-drug therapy for spinal stenosis, decrease of its pain, and improvement in walking. 
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