What Activities Should I Avoid with Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal Stenosis: The Basics

First, let’s chat about spinal alignment and the importance of a balanced and strong core. These two factors are key to maintaining proper posture and minimizing pain, especially when sitting. When your spine is aligned, and your core is strong, you’ll find that your knees won’t be screaming for mercy every time you take a seat. So, what can you do to achieve that blissful state of pain-free sitting?

I always advise my patients to invest in an expert-designed ergonomic seat cushion. Look for one made with a natural latex top and a high-density base layer foam. This combination provides excellent support, promotes proper alignment, and ensures a comfortable seating experience. Trust me, your spine will thank you!

Now, let’s talk about memory foam for a moment. I never recommend memory foam for my patients with spinal stenosis. In my opinion, it lacks the necessary pressure support and resilience, and it’s a toxic material that tends to get hot when you sit on it for long periods. So, stick to those natural latex and high-density foam options instead.

Okay, so now that we’ve got your sitting situation sorted, let’s discuss the activities you should avoid to keep your spine safe and sound. Here are a few activities to steer clear of:

  • Heavy Lifting: Lifting heavy objects puts tremendous strain on your spine and can exacerbate spinal stenosis. Opt for lighter loads and don’t be afraid to ask for help if something is too heavy.
  • High-Impact Sports: Activities like running, basketball, and tennis can be tough on your spine, as they involve repetitive pounding and jarring motions. Instead, choose low-impact exercises like swimming, cycling, or walking to keep fit without aggravating your condition.
  • Overhead Activities: Reaching overhead can compress the spinal nerves and worsen your symptoms. Keep items at waist level, and use a step stool or grabber tool to reach higher items if necessary.
  • Twisting Movements: Twisting your spine can strain the spinal nerves and increase pain. Be cautious with activities that require twisting, like golf, and always use proper body mechanics when turning or lifting.
  • Prolonged Sitting or Standing: Spending too much time in one position can cause stiffness and pain. Take breaks to stretch and move, and don’t forget to use that ergonomic cushion we talked about earlier!
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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC

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My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

 

Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

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