Spinal Rehabilitation for Seniors

 

Due to popular demand, SPINEgroup has launched  a 12 week program designed specifically for spinal stenosis and severe degenerative disc patients.

Patients will receive individual therapy aimed at increasing proper posture, cardiovascular strength, physical strength, coordination, balance and cognitive awareness.  The Spinal Rehab Program is a great adjunct to our OHIP funded Physiotherapy Program and can be done concurrently or after completion of your program.

Spinal Stenosis and Degenerative Disc Disease

Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal, most often as a result of degenerative changes such as arthritis.  It is one of the most common causes of chronic pain and disability in seniors.  This narrowing can put pressure or irritation on the nerves, discs and spinal cord in the spine, causing pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the legs and back.  Blood supply may also diminished due to this pressure.

Narrowing in the spinal canal cannot be reversed without surgery, however there is a dynamic component to this condition that can impact the degree of narrowing in the canal.  For example, leaning forward generally allows your vertebral discs to expand, therefore allowing more space within the spine.  Therefore, we can influence symptoms and the effects of spinal stenosis depending on the postures, positions and exercises we commonly use.

The goal of this program is “self management” – to teach the patient how to increase the openings of the spine with their daily activities and how to avoid postures that aggravate their condition.  The spinal stenosis “boot camp” combines core conditioning through various exercises, spinal flexibility and postural training which will condition the body to open up the vertebral space.  Research has shown that even small changes in the spinal canal can have a huge impact on the overall mobility and pain, creating a big improvement for a patient’s quality of life.  These kinds of changes may even eliminate the need for surgery in some patients.