Spinal Stenosis

The spinal canal is a continuous tube-like structure that runs along the inside of our spine from the base of the skull all the way to the base of our spine at the sacrum. This canal provides a protective, yet flexible structure to carry and safeguard our important and delicate spinal cord as well as nerve tissues that branch off from the cord.

One common condition which can have very serious impacts on your body’s health and function is called spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal which we just discussed.

Left untreated, the condition can compress the spinal cord and/or spinal nerve roots and result in a wide range of possible conditions such as back or leg pain, muscle spasms, arm or leg weakness, numbness or tingling in the extremities or even shrinking of muscle tissues in some cases. Reason enough to visit a chiropractor for treatment.


What are the Spinal Cord and the Spinal Canal?

The spinal cord is a long tube-like structure that runs from the end of the brain stem down to the bottom of the spine. Together, the spinal cord and brain make up the central nervous system (CNS). It consists of nerves that are responsible for carrying incoming and outgoing messages between the brain and the rest of the body. The spinal cord is contained within the spinal canal, which runs through the centre of the spine. Spinal stenosis occurs when the nerve root becomes compressed as it exits the spinal canal due to a disc herniation or bone spurs.


Possible Causes

Osteoarthritis is considered the most common cause of spinal stenosis. Osteoarthritis can be the result of wear and tear, physical stress, or repetitive injuries. The condition can also develop due to inactivity. If you live a sedentary life, you have a much higher risk of developing osteoarthritis.

Over time, osteoarthritis can lead to the development of bone spurs and irritation of surrounding ligaments and tissues. This chronic tissue irritation can cause these ligaments to enlarge over time, thus narrowing the spinal canal. The narrowing will eventually lead to pressure on the spinal cord and surrounding nerves (i.e. spinal stenosis)

While osteoarthritis is the most prevalent cause of spinal stenosis, the following may also influence the development of the condition:

  • Poor posture or spine mechanics
  • Spine injury
  • Cysts or tumors
  • Disc herniation or degeneration
  • Previous surgery
  • Thickened ligaments

While we will all experience some degree of wear and tear as we age, it is not a foregone conclusion that we must degenerate at a certain rate or end up in a state of pain. Maintaining proper biomechanics of the spine, joints and tissues of the body can greatly minimise the occurrence of osteoarthritis as we age and decrease your chances of ending up with a condition like spinal stenosis.

Common Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis

The lower back is the most common area where patients experience canal narrowing. Common symptoms of spinal stenosis include:


  • Pain, numbness or tingling in the feet and legs
  • Abnormal bowel and bladder function
  • Pain when walking
  • Leg cramping
  • Loss of sexual function
  • Experiences relief when leaning or sitting forward


Spinal stenosis of the neck is less common. However, it could potentially be more dangerous in some situations if left untreated. If you suffer from spinal stenosis of the neck, it is possible that you will experience some of the symptoms mentioned above, alongside the following:


  • Body weakness or numbness
  • Radiating pain
  • Tingling of the hands and arms
  • Partial paralysis
  • Complete paralysis


It is possible that you can be born with a naturally occurring spinal stenosis.; however, it is very rare. People in their 50s who live a sedentary lifestyle make up the largest group suffering from this condition.

Chiropractic Care

If you have spinal stenosis, your nerve roots or your spinal cord may be compressed. That means an important component of your nervous system may no longer be able to transmit messages as effectively.

The good news is that our chiropractors are highly qualified to diagnose as well as treat this condition, so you will not only feel relief but more importantly will learn how to best manage this condition over the long term.

Many patients visiting us who have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis are often looking for a way to manage their condition without surgery. Depending on the amount of damage present, the patient’s age, and symptoms we may be able to treat them conservatively. However, in cases that are too far gone, we may refer them for a surgical consultation should it be outside our scope of practice.

Patients suffering from spinal stenosis who do not need or want surgery often visit their chiropractor to ensure the condition does not get worse. While reversing damage associated with the condition may take time, it is reassuring the know your chiropractor can slow down the progression of the condition significantly.

In general, chiropractic care focuses on identifying and correcting dysfunction in the normal movement and alignment of the joints and tissues of the spine and body as a whole. Chiropractors appreciate that when dysfunction in the mechanics of the body (and especially the spine) are present, it will have a negative impact on the function of the nerve system which the spine is protecting.

Thus any treatments or techniques which can relieve pressure on the nervous system will greatly help those suffering from spinal stenosis, as well as a range of other conditions.

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I found out about Elite Spine Centres after struggling with neck and shoulder pain and migraines. I have never tried chiropractic before. I had my own doubts and concerns. But decided to give it a try anyway based on the good review from Google. From the first moment I reached out, the team has always been very helpful and friendly. I came with lots of questions about my condition as well as the chiropractic itself. Dr. Mike understood my concern. He patiently explained every time I have questions, about my progress and also any other symptoms/sensation that I noticed after starting treatment. At the initial process, he gave a gentler adjustment, until I was more accustomed to the experience. He even went the extra mile to provide me with resources to help me exercise/train my shoulder. The comprehensive treatment, stretches and exercises given to me helped my symptoms a lot. They haven't completely gone away as this is a long process. But I haven't taken any painkiller again since then. Overall, great experience. I've even recommended this place to friends are experiencing similar issues. Thank you Dr. Mike and team :)
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Very professional and caring team. Mum’s spinal issue improved after trying all sorts of therapy elsewhere. Knee problem has always been an issue too and i have seen great improvement.
Since am working in healthcare industry for 30+ years, rarely I will comment on medical treatments & Outcomes due to lot of unknown factors. However, this time I felt compelled to write this review for sharing my personal experiences with Dr Mike and his professionally trained team from Elite Spine Care centre. First, up all I have had a pleasant treatment and impressed with customized therapy and clinical services provided over 16 sessions at timely manner. They never acted like they didn’t have time for me. I received extensive help at any time from Dr Mike and all clinical and admin staffs, which I really appreciated. Since am in Technology side, my job required extensive work on IT systems, cause of that end of the day I used to have severe pain on my right neck, right shoulder and right leg. I got this pain from late 2015 when I attempted to lift a heavy object Since then I had a weaving Scapula on right shoulder & radiating pain on right neck and arm. I had numerous number of consultations with Ortho and spine specialists, MRI and CT studies and Physiotherapy sessions start from 2015. However, pain had increased steeply and even led to muscle loss on my right arm and shoulder joints. I could not bear the pain and decided to search for alternate treatments such as Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese massage, accupuncture, etc at various places. By God’s, grace one of my friend introduced Dr Mike and intially signed up for 16 sessions at discounted and offordable price I would like to say what a positive experience I had with Dr Mike and his team. They explained everything to me and made every visit more comfortable and worry free. After 4 sessions, I have realised the benefits and now I do not have much pain and recovering from muscle loss and scapula weaving. I have planned to extend the treatment for another 1 year for stabilise the condition. Right now am looking forward to have regular session with Dr Mike and his team. Once again my sincere thanks to Dr Mike, his therapists and all Clinical and administrative staffs for the respect and care that you have showed me. You are always very special people in my heart
Muhd Hidayat
Muhd Hidayat
Dr Mike and the Elite Gang have been amazing hosts in my chiropractic journey. Dr Mike often emphasises that chiropractic isn't a one-day miracle cure. Chiropractic is about the re-introduction of movements in which the body has not utilised and maintaining them. In the beginning, I was looking for a treatment that would help elevate the ache between my shoulder blades from physical activities. Dr Mike provided a fluid program which resulted in an improvement on my shoulder mobility and the ache reduced gradually. Eventually, my aim is to be more aware of my body structure and search for methods to improve muscle recovery after intense physical activities. Armed with skilled hands, new technology and a friendly, caring team, Elite Spine has provided me with an amazing care in my recovery and fine-tuning of my body. Thanks ya'lls!!
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Xin Yu Chua
I had severe aching from the lower back down to my feet, it was so bad that I absolutely needed a massage almost everyday. Just a few sessions at Elite Spine made a huge difference and I could now walk/ stand for a long time and run abit without experiencing much soreness. Sleep quality also improved. I also like that there were home stretches recommended to improve condition and body posture. Doctors and staff there were very friendly, I could bring my toddler with me when needed. A tremendous improvement in quality of life, thank you!
Henry Loh
Henry Loh
I am very thankful that my son, Ryan, also client there, recommended me to Elite Spine Centre. I have undergo the treatment for my lumbar stenosis for slightly more than a month & I am able to stand & walk longer with much lesser pain. Dr Mike & Dr Fraser, and the team are very friendly and professional in dealing with the treatment/ providing services. they provide valuable advice and they do NOT do hard selling. The treatment they provided is complete treatment for the whole body spine with different type of treatments that tailor to your issues. Thank you very much.. Henry Loh
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Edward Ng
Elite Spine Centre is one of the best & most well-equipped chiropractic centre located in SG. Dr Mike is extremely professional & well versed in his field. Having a vast knowledge & experience, he is able to diagnose the root of the issue & work up a treatment plan aiming towards having a lasting recovery instead of just simply "cracking" a few bones to treat only the symptoms temporarily. The team of awesome ladies at Elite Spine Centre, ever friendly & approachable, is always there to ensure that the patient's treatment runs smoothly throughout the whole process. Most definitely recommend anyone seeking chiropractic treatment to visit Elite Spine Centre. Thank you Dr Mike & the awesome team of ladies at Elite Spine Centre 🤙🏾
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Nastassja Conning
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Chiropractic Treatments for Spinal Stenosis

After you have been diagnosed, our chiropractors will apply a variety of techniques to restore proper mechanics, release tight muscles and other tissues, relieve nerve compression, and begin to restore proper mobility.

Our modern generation decompression machines use state-of-the-art algorithms to gently, safely, and effectively reduce crowding within the spinal canal caused by degenerative disc disease (bulging or “slipped disc”) and inflammation of surrounding tissues.

Specific spinal manipulation

This gentle thrusting technique (often with associated “popping” or “clicking” sounds) has been known to effectively restore joint movement and reduce pain.

Whole body vibration (WBV)

High frequency vertical vibration with the body in a flexed position can help with allowing tissues to relax and decreasing pressure on the nerves.

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT)

Also known as cold laser therapy, LLLT has been shown to reduce inflammation, help minimise pain, and accelerate the body’s natural healing process.


Critical to restoring proper long-term movement patterns, posture and reducing the likelihood of relapse.

If you or someone you know is suffering from the above problems, or you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, come down for a consultation with our doctors to see if you are a good candidate for our modern treatments without the use of drugs or surgery.