Are you suffering from persistent back pain? Do you feel discomfort in your spine while performing daily tasks like bending, lifting, or sitting for extended periods? If you are experiencing these symptoms, you might be suffering from a compressed spine.
What is a compressed spine?
A compressed spine is a condition where the spinal bones, called vertebrae, become pressed down due to repeated use over the years, injury, poor posture, or aging. This condition can affect your spine health and lead to severe back pain and discomfort, making it difficult to perform daily activities.
When a spine becomes compressed it can lead to other structures such as intervertebral discs and nerve roots to become pressed down as well. When nerve roots become compressed they can trigger pain sensations and other symptoms. In some instances, even the spinal cord can become compressed. This can happen due to spinal cord compression, which occurs when the spinal canal becomes obstructed (mostly due to spinal stenosis, damaged spinal discs, such as bulging discs, and other conditions that obstruct the spinal canal).
Symptoms of a compressed spine may include:
- Back or neck pain (predominantly lower back pain) that worsens with activity. Pain in the lumbar spine or low back pain tends to often be chronic pain, as it persists for long periods of time.
- Numbness or tingling in the legs or feet, or arms and shoulders if the upper back is affected to a more severe degree than other regions of the spine.
- Weakness in the spine, legs, or arms.
Is walking good for people with a compressed spine?
Now, the question arises, is walking good for a compressed spine? The answer is a resounding yes! Walking is an excellent low-impact exercise that can help relieve the symptoms of a compressed spine. It can help strengthen the back muscles and improve your posture, reducing the pressure on your spine.
However, walking alone may not be enough to treat a compressed spine. It would help if you also considered other treatment options like physical therapy, chiropractic care, or even surgery, depending on the severity of your condition.
One of the most effective treatment options for a compressed spine is using a spinal decompression device, such as the Backrack. A spinal decompression device works by creating a negative pressure within the spinal column, allowing the compressed structures to expand and release pressure on the nerves.
This treatment can be done in the comfort of your own home and is a non-invasive option that allows you to take full control of your treatment, as it focuses on increasing spine flexibility and correcting misalignment through exercises, unlike spinal decompression surgery, or spinal fusion, which is a highly invasive procedure that can lead to various side-effects.