Did you get your MRI results? Wondering what all those words mean? Are you searching for relief from the pain without surgery? 

Let’s start with some of your findings, shall we? If the words “Foraminal encroachment” showed up on your report, it means that degeneration in the spinal column has caused an obstruction of the foramina, (which are the open spaces on either side of the vertebrae through which spinal nerves pass on their way to other parts of the body). As these neural passageways become blocked, it can force pressure on the nerves, which causes pain at the site of the compressed nerve as well as symptoms that travel to the extremities.


Foraminal narrowing, or foraminal stenosis, is a condition that can cause pain and other symptoms resulting from spinal nerve root compression.

This condition of foraminal encroachment, which goes by other names such as foraminal stenosis and spinal foraminal stenosis, can occur in any of the spinal regions, including the cervical (neck), thoracic (middle back) or lumbar (lower back). Generally, foraminal stenosis symptoms are unilateral, meaning they only occur on one side of the body. However, bilateral foraminal stenosis can also occur, in which foramina on both sides of the vertebrae are narrowed. 

What Causes Foraminal Encroachment? 

Foraminal stenosis causes may include any of the following:

* Herniated disc. The spinal disc ruptures and the gel-like center of the disc extrudes into the spinal canal in the area of one or more foramina.

* Bulging disc. This condition develops when the spinal disc shifts and pinches the foramen, contributing to foraminal encroachment.

* Degenerative disc disease. This condition occurs due to aging during which discs become thinner, drier and more brittle, making them extremely prone to damage. Degenerative disc disease can often be a cause of herniated discs and bulging discs, both of which contribute to foraminal encroachment.

* Bone spurs. Often referred to as osteophytes, these are extra growths of bone that your body produces to reinforce the spine when it senses the spine has begun to degenerate. However, these bone spurs can cause foraminal encroachment. Bone spurs are often brought on by arthritis of the spine.


How To Treat Foraminal Encroachment 

There are a number of foraminal encroachment or foraminal stenosis treatments. The doctor may suggest massage therapy, a course of prescription and/or over-the-counter pain medication, low-impact exercise, rest, hot and cold packs or steroid injections. If these conservative methods do not prove effective after several weeks or months, the doctor may also suggest foraminal stenosis surgery.


Massage For Foraminal Encroachment

Remember, neck and back pain does not have to be a way of life. 

Doctors may suggest massage to relieve foraminal encroachment. Gentle decompression and stabilization of the spine is advised. 


Massage therapy with Infused ReLeaf 

Use Infused ReLeaf when you get your massage! This will help deal with stiffness and pain associated with stenosis. 


Massage Infused ReLeaf cream slowly and deeply without centering on the spine itself.  With pressure and intention, massage Infused ReLeaf into the surrounding and adjacent muscles in the back, lower back (lumbar) and buttocks.


Clinical Studies Confirm Massage Effectiveness

The constricted spine distresses everything close to it, and if you loosen muscles affected, the sense of relief is often amazing.

Massage therapy involves various modalities and treatment methods, but with spinal stenosis the approach typically relies on long strokes accompanied by a kneading motion we generally associate with massage, which by definition is a systematic kneading of body tissue.


There is no question that massage is a popular and trusted path toward relief enjoyed by millions of Americans, and Infused ReLeaf will intensify the benefits of massage and when properly administered by a licensed and certified ReLeaf Master massage therapist, it could bring profound and lasting relief from this debilitating pain. 


A published 2011 study involving more than 400 subjects concluded that massage may not only be an effective treatment, but its benefits were shown last as long as six months after 10 weeks of regular massage sessions. Imagine the results if they had used Infused ReLeaf massage cream in that study!! 


Massage therapy for spinal stenosis specifically has been verified as being effective, including deep-tissue massage, which, it was reported, not only released the accumulated tension in muscles but in tendons and ligaments as well. This, in turn, dramatically releases the pressure on the spine. Another case study concluded that massage also relieves inflammation “flare-ups” and that regular, so-called remedial massage is being prescribed increasingly by physicians as a means of improving range of motion that will neutralize the impact emanating from stenosis. Massage with Infused ReLeaf improves all the benefits of massage through transdermal healing. As the massage increases blood flow, the healing terpenes in Infused ReLeaf travel through the pain path communicating with the pain receptors and can release tension and stress within the infected areas.


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