Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal usually caused by the natural process of aging. It can also be caused by disc herniation, osteoporosis or a tumor. It can affect the whole spine or segments and can result in back pain and abnormal sensations in various parts of the body depending on where the stenosis occurs and how much nerve impingement there is. Lumbar stenosis can also result in loss of bladder and bowel function.
Mild spinal stenosis can usually withstand massage, though no deep work should be administered. Massage may aggravate pain caused by nerve compression and care should be taken with regard to pressure. It is important to solicit feedback from clients with regard to possible worsening of pain.