Flexion distraction therapy is a chiropractic technique used in combination with a table that moves in a slow, gradually increasing motion to restore normal motion and decompress the lumbar spine. The treatment allows the doctor to provide gentle stretching of the joints, ligaments, and discs of the lumbar spine. This effective non-force technique can provide relief from chronic lumbar disc or nerve injuries such as sciatica.
Flexion distraction helps to decrease intradiscal pressures to decrease the bulging or herniation effect that happens when force is increased on the discs from sitting, lifting, or repetitive trauma. It has been shown to be an effective part of the treatment of disc degeneration conditions. Flexion distraction treatment is shown to help widen the spinal canal area helping to decrease the pain and discomfort caused by spinal stenosis or arthritic changes in the spine.
Flexion Distraction is well suited for patients who need a lighter touch, such as those with osteoporosis or of advanced age. Flexion Distraction is shown to help manage many conditions of the aging spine including degenerative disc disease, spinal stiffness associated with osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis.