After helping hundreds of people who suffer from spinal stenosis and battling back pain myself for 10 long years…
I can you tell there’s probably no more aggravating form of back pain.
Sometimes you can’t sit. Sometimes you can’t stand. Sometimes you can’t walk or drive. Or even lie in bed.
The pain is simply wretched.
A couple days ago, a woman came into our clinic practically on her hands and knees…
It was the only way she could find relief.
She was in tears. The pain was almost unbearable.
She actually inspired today’s article. Today, I’m going to tell you what I told her…
Every week in fact, my clinics and programs are a destination for people from all walks of life who suffer from mild to severe spinal stenosis.
The first thing you should appreciate is spinal stenosis IS something that can be fixed without drugs, injections or surgery. That’s right.
Allow me to be clear about this, because it’s important:
Doctors are under intense pressure to see as many patients as they can.
When you see a doctor and they tell you the only way to find relief is through drugs, injections or surgery, you’re not being told the whole truth.
(I have doctors who are in pain visit my clinics, so I know.)
Let’s put it this way:
Spinal stenosis is a symptom.
It means for whatever the reason, the spinal canal is narrow at some point, putting pressure on the spinal cord.
Now when they put a label your pain, like calling it “spinal stenosis”…
I totally get how good that makes you feel in the moment.
What happens next?
Doctors prescribe some heavy duty Ibuprofen to calm the inflammation, maybe ship you off to a physical therapist, and then they’re onto the next patient.
If it’s serious, they may recommend a corticosteroid injection or surgery.
And we already know how well that works, don’t we?
Let’s face it:
The Reality is a Lot of Doctors Fail to Fix Their Spinal Stenosis Patients…
Patients return repeatedly with the same pain, the same issue, the same cry for help.
The doctor eventually begins to wonder whether the patient even wants to get better.
(Especially when the patient rejects, for good reason, risky surgery.)
Imagine that! It doesn’t quite occur to them it could be THE TREATMENT that’s not working.
And that’s because their “spinal stenosis” diagnosis just becomes an easy way of sending the patient home happy in the moment.
For the record…
Spinal stenosis is the term that describes symptoms of pain that come from irritation of the spinal cord.
Mostly likely, those tingling, unusual or painful sensations are caused by:
- A disc irritating, compressing or pinching a nerve…
- A bone spur..
- A facet joint at the back of a vertebra which is out of alignment…
- A strained back muscle spasming and painfully squeezing a nearby nerve or nerve sheathe…
Multiply these issues by the number of vertebrae and muscles in the back and…
You can appreciate how much work it can be to accurately diagnose the root problem.
Even with technology like MRIs.
Which is why most doctors feel they’re doing the best they can with the resources available.
That’s why I prefer to take a more self-directed, holistic approach to fixing spinal stenosis.
So… How Do We Fix the Pain, Tingling and Numbness?
Recently, a middle-aged woman came into see me…
She was diagnosed with spinal stenosis.
Now when she came in to see me, she was practically on her hands and knees.
At age 50, doctors pretty much threw up their hands and said unless she was willing to undergo risky surgery there was nothing they could do.
She knew the odds and took a different path.
Here’s Jan’s inspiring story in her own words.
I think it may inspire hope if you’re also suffering…
I went to a spinal surgeon and was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and arthritis in my back.
I did about a month and a half of physical therapy, 2-3 days a week.
I was on some medication…
Some muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatory drugs, but…
There just was always that lingering pain that would never go away.
I went through physical therapy some more but I still had some pain in my back.
Further improvement stopped. I was still in pain. Ugh.
So I started on Ian’s program and I saw almost immediate results.
Some of the exercises felt so good, they would immediately relieve any hip pain I had.
So it’s really helped me. I’ve had really no pain.
In fact, I had a flare up one day… but the next morning I did the program and by that afternoon I was feeling fine.
How did we help Jan? Or maybe more aptly, how did Jan help herself?
She did 8 specific movements…
These 8 movements are totally unlike “the sheets” of exercises you get from chiropractors or doctors.
Instead, we “wake up” certain muscles and restore muscle balance.
Then in certain areas of her back, we jump-started pathways so vital oxygen and nutrition could get in and help her heal.
That’s the holistic way to relieve and remove spinal stenosis.
In Jan’s case, it took just a couple of 30-minute sessions. And that’s not uncommon.
Just a couple 30-minute sessions and she was feeling tremendous relief… after years of pain.
Yes, there ARE ways to get out of pain. They don’t require medication, surgery or injections. They don’t require months of physiotherapy.
You just have to restore your body’s natural functional movement and muscle balance and allow it to heal naturally.