Flexion Distraction involves the use of a specialized table that simultaneously distracts (stretches) and flexes the spine in a gentle cyclic motion. The chiropractor or physical therapist applies gentle pressure to specific areas of contact that is intended to relieve pain, as well as restore motion and realign the spine.
Flexion Distraction Therapy is clinically proven to
• reduce pressure inside the spinal disc
• widen the spinal canal
• reduce pressure on the spinal nerves
• return motion to spinal joints
It is a very safe, effective, conservative approach for disc injuries, low back and leg pain symptoms, and a definite alternative to explore if spinal surgery has been recommended.
How does Flexion Distraction help to manage the symptoms of disc injury?
The gentle pumping rhythm of Flexion Distraction enables the spinal disc to be placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. Because of this negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, and permit healing to occur. This technique can help move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root, and eventually any associated pain, pins and needles, numbness or weakness of the leg (that may be related to your herniated disc).
Conditions that may benefit from Flexion Distraction Therapy
• Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging or herniated “slipped disc”)
• Low back pain
• Leg pain/Sciatica
• General lower back stiffness
• Sacroiliac syndrome
• Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
• Ankylosing spondylitis
• Failed back surgical syndrome
Is Flexion Distraction Therapy painful?
Flexion Distraction should not be painful. Because of its gentle, non-force nature, it is often used with patients who are recovering from spinal surgery or who are in rehabilitation. Generally, the patient is not subjected to increased pain and discomfort during the treatment, and in fact many patients report that they find it pleasant and relaxing.