Cervical spinal stenosis is a condition which involves the narrowing of the spinal column in the neck area. Similar to its counterpart, spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal column in the lumbar area), this condition is marked by stiffness, pain, inflammation, numbness, and weakness that can radiate throughout the shoulders and travel to the arms, legs and feet. Cervical spinal stenosis occurs when the area between the upper spinal canal (C2-C7) and the surrounding vertebra is narrowed, resulting in a compression of spinal cord and nerve roots. For most, this condition happens over time as we age, while for others, cervical stenosis can be the result of a birth defect or injury.
The pain and symptoms associated with cervical stenosis can vary, depending on the progression of the disease. While surgery is an option for patients with advanced cases, those with milder cases can often utilize a combination of non-surgical treatments, including physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and kinesiology taping to help to ease pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility.
Kinesiology Tape and Cervical Spinal Stenosis
The application of kinesiology tape provides enhanced sensory stimulation, which can lead to a decreased perception of pain, which is a key symptom of cervical spinal stenosis. Kinesiology tape’s light weight and elasticity mimics the feel of skin, allowing for unrestricted movement, while still providing structural support. Its gentle lifting action works as you move, creating space between the skin and the fascia, which helps improve lymphatic drainage and increases blood flow, resulting in reduced inflammation and swelling.
For those suffering with cervical spinal stenosis, the pain and inflammation is often continuous. Most kinesiology tape applications are designed to be worn for up to 3-5 days, allowing for continuous relief, even while showering, swimming, or sweating.
The following selection of videos provide kinesiology taping instructions for pain and inflammation association with cervical spinal stenosis:
How to apply SpiderTech Fan Kinesiology Tape - This video helps provide a great demonstration on how to apply the SpiderTech Lymphatic Spider, which is designed to reduce swelling, bruising and pain. Its "multi-fingered" design allows it to be positioned directly over the lymphatic channels that remove excess fluids from the body.
How to Tape for Neck Pain with SpiderTech Precut Neck Tape Kinesio Precut Neck Tape Application Instructions
This DVD provides training in the use of Kinesiology Taping as an adjunct to chiropractic or osteopathic medicine treatments. The Kinesio Taping® Method was originally developed in a manual therapy setting and continues to be a valuable tool to extend and prolong the benefits of treatments. It may be used as an adjunct or stand-alone treatment to address pain, edema or stiffness. In addition, it may give the physician a longer acting tool to help correct misalignment and assist in neuromuscular reeducation. Among the benefits of Kinesio Taping is its ability to promote self-healing without the use of medication.
This DVD is part of the Kinesio Clinical Video Series, a collection of 10 training videos to help health professionals learn more about incorporating Kinesio Taping into their specialties. Each video is approximately 45 minutes long and features specialists in the topic presented.
The SpiderTech Neck Spider relieves pain, inflammation and spasms in the neck and upper shoulder area. It covers both sides of the neck beginning below the hair line, and extends out along the top of the trapezius muscle. It can help with:
Strained neck muscles
Stiffness or pain from overuse
Arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis in the neck area
Torticollis (twisted or tilted neck)
Weakness or lack of tone in neck muscles
Cervical disc disease
Recovery after neck surgery
* Contains 1 single-use application with 3-5 day wear time.