We can change the dynamics of how the spine moves and actually reduce that
You may see someone that walks with a stooped posture or say that they lean over a carriage when grocery shopping because it takes the pressure off their back.
That's because they are flexing at the spine to reduce the extension and opens up the space.
Under normal conditions, when we walk (assuming we have good hip rotation as well) there's a back and forth opening and closing side to side in the spine that is healthy and normal.
This will transfer forces consistently and keep the jelly in the discs flowing, rather than being repetitively squished in one direction, which can reduce the overall height in one area of the disc (in this case the back to center of the disc).
When you have reduced spinal motion and stiffer hips, the ability to rotate and redistribute forces in the spine is very limited, which is why those with stenosis need to find ways to compensate around it.
Learning how to open up the spinal canal will help alleviate this repetitive pressure. This can be done by utilizing movement that reduces extension based postures is the key.
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Dr. Peter Dionisopoulos is the owner and founder of Dynamic Performance & Rehab. He has worked with many high-level athletes and military personnel, but his true passion is to help active adults maintain their lifestyle by providing information and potential solutions to their aches and pains so they can continue with the activities they love.