Here’s an amazing lumbar spinal stenosis recovery story:
Michael O’Toole has crossed the finish line in 35 marathons in his lifetime.
Just a couple of years ago he placed 3rd in a 5K race.
This may not sound so impressive…until you realize that Michael O’Toole is now 82 years old (or 82 years young as he would say).
After dealing with leg pain that kept him from his favorite sport for 2 years (while doctors’ and chiropractors’ treatments keep failing), O’Toole was finally diagnosed through MRI with spinal stenosis.
Two neurosurgeons recommended surgery as the only solution for his spinal stenosis. But O’Toole was determined to avoid surgery. He decided to take control of his own body.
- 1 Can Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Be Reversed?
- 2 How Did Michael O’Toole Get Rid of His Spinal Stenosis Pain?
- 3 Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Symptoms and Causes
- 4 The 3-Step Formula to Get Rid of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Pain
Can Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Be Reversed?
Lumbar spinal stenosis may not be completely reversed, but if diagnosed early, you can can definitely slow down and even reverse spinal stenosis symptoms.
More importantly, having lumbar spinal stenosis does NOT mean that you have to suffer from PAIN.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis is not a life threatening condition, and millions around the world are happily going about their day, completely unaware that they have spinal stenosis…
Because they feel NO PAIN.
You can be pain-free too – without dangerous prescription drugs, cortisone shots (which were found to be useless in a recent study) and definitely without spinal surgery.
Even if you were not diagnosed early, and your back pain (or leg pain) is severe, it doesn’t mean that you can’t dramatically relieve it and get back to an active life – without surgery.
How Did Michael O’Toole Get Rid of His Spinal Stenosis Pain?
(Image source: The Healthy Back Institute)
Michael O’Toole, desperate to stop his leg pain and get back to his loved sport – simply sat down and did his research. He googled his eyes out, and stumbled upon the Healthy Back Institute Website.
There, among other things, he found an exercise program that can be tailored exactly to his condition.
He did the self assessment part, diagnosed the muscle imbalances that caused his problem and the first place, and religiously followed the specific exercises he was given.
Today he is pain-free. He was so excited he even agreed to be interviewed for the Healthy Back Institute Website (You can see it if you click on his image)
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Symptoms and Causes
Spinal stenosis is the medical name for what happens when the spaces between the spine begin to narrow. This in turn puts pressure on your spine as well as the nerves that travel through and around the spine.
Although spinal stenosis can occur in the middle region of the spine, it’s more common in the lumbar and cervical regions.
When the lumbar spine narrows, it can cause intense back pain, neck pain, and pain running down the leg.
While some experience mild to severe pain radiating throughout the back, others experience numbness in the neck, arms, legs, back and buttocks.
This spine narrowing usually affects 40-year-old and above people, and can be caused by osteoarthritis-related bone damage, herniated discs, scar tissue build up, spinal injuries, inflammation and in rare cases a tumor.
The 3-Step Formula to Get Rid of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Pain
Step #1 – Natural Inflammation Treatment
Inflammation is almost always present with pain (source) , and can be the actual cause of your lumbar stenosis.
Instead of the prescribed and dangerous NSAIDS, like Ibuprofen, treat your inflammation with natural remedies for spinal stenosis.
1. Turmeric, Ginger, Papaya and Boswellia are only some of the most powerful anti-inflammation foods and herbs.
Turmeric, for example, is the most clinically researched food on the planet, with many studies proving its amazing ability to fight inflammation – Without side effects.
2. Proteolytic Enzyme Therapy is another safer solution for inflammation throughout your body. Combining Proteolitic enzymes with anti-inflammation foods and herbs make a powerful natural inflammation treatment.
3. Reduce, as much as you can, your intake of inflammatory foods, such as meat, dairy, processed sugar, fried foods and all processed foods.
4. Far Infrared Therapy – far infrared heat helps to improve circulation to bring more healing oxygen and nutrients to injured areas of the spine.
[yellowbox]The use of far-infrared heat can help immensely, as it is deep-penetrating and dramatically improves the blood flow to the area in question for very quick relief and improved range of motion.[/yellowbox]
More than that, Infrared heat will make you sweat out your toxins, without moving a muscle.
Find out more about the astonishing benefits of infrared heating pads – HERE.
Step #2 – Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is an important part in any spinal stenosis treatment.
Almost everyone with lumbar stenosis has trigger points and should find a way to administer self trigger point therapy every day, immediately followed by specific spinal stenosis exercises (in the next step below).
The easiest (and the most cost-effective) way to self treat your trigger points is to get a good quality home trigger point massage tool.
Another option is a trigger point foam roller.
[yellowbox]Here are 3 easy ways to relieve trigger points in the lower back.[/yellowbox]
Step #3 – Lumbar Stenosis Exercises
If you’ll allow me to return to Michael O’Toole for a second, you’ll realize that generic and random lumbar stenosis exercises may not be helpful, and can even cause more harm than good.
That’s why I’m not going to post another youtube video with some random “spinal stenosis exercises” for you here.
Michael O’Tool implemented the Healthy Back Institute Muscle Balance Therapy workout, which was tailored for the exact muscle imbalances he had.
Muscle balance therapy starts with self-assessing and finding your specific muscle imbalances, followed by specific exercises which restore balance and proper function of your muscles and joints.
You can check it out and decide for yourself at the Healthy Back Institute Website.
Although spinal stenosis is a progressive condition, don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be halted and even reversed. And it doesn’t have to inflict pain and debilitation.
And you don’t have to run and do surgery, especially if you haven’t tried these effective natural treatments.
Just ask Michael O’Toole (this guy is my hero…)
To your health and happiness,