Using Movement To Heal Back Pain (Flexion-Distraction)

Using Movement To Heal Back Pain (Flexion-Distraction)

At Kinetic Chiropractic and Sports Medicine in Weddington, NC, our patients can experience long-term pain relief from back pain and chronic conditions. This article explains the process of the flexion-distraction technique and the specific benefits it brings our patients. 

What Is Flexion Distraction Technqiue?

Flexion-distraction is a natural and nonpainful chiropractic method that is used on patients with neck or low back pain. These issues can be caused by painful disc herniations, nerve pinches, and numbness throughout the upper legs. When any portion of the spinal column is under stress, problems with other areas of the body, including the arms and legs. The intention of this treatment is to alleviate the pressure on the spinal nerves and regain proper spinal motion. 

What Conditions Does Flexion-Distraction Therapy Benefit?

This method can relieve the pain caused by a wide range of conditions including:

  • Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging, or herniated “slipped disc”)

  • Low back pain

  • Leg pain/Sciatica

  • Arthritis

  • General lower back stiffness

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Sprain/strain

  • Scoliosis

  • Sacroiliac syndrome

  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

  • Failed back surgical syndrome

  • The technique is gentle enough to be used after spinal surgery for those with bone-weakening conditions such as osteoporosis and traumatic injuries to the spine. 

How Does Flexion-Distraction Technique Work?

The flexion-distraction technique is done on a special chiropractic table that has moving parts to separate the different areas of the spine effectively. With the special adjustment table and gentle pressure, this technique helps to increase the disc height between each vertebra, all the while decompressing the spinal column and restoring the spinal joints back into alignment. Our team can treat different sections of the spine, reduce pain and restore a more normal range of motion. To receive the best results from the flexion-distraction technique regular visits are vital. At least twice a week is best to maintain long-lasting effects.

What Are The Benefits Of The Flexion-Distraction Technique?

The effects of the flexion-distraction technique are an improvement of other spinal manipulation treatments. For those who experience compressed discs every day, flexion-distraction therapy gives your disc joints the largest amount of cushion and support for your spine  This technique works best for chronic back conditions such as spinal stenosis, sciatica pain, muscle spasms, and other lower back pain conditions. Because of the effectiveness of this technique, many patients will experience:

  • Reduce pressure on your spinal nerves and discs

  • Decrease bulging of herniated discs

  • Improve range of motion and mobility

  • Help you manage chronic back pain

  • Relieve stiffness

  • Decrease neck pain and headaches

  • Eliminate or delay the need for surgery in some cases

  • Promote good disc health

  • Relieve pain and numbness in the back, buttocks, arms, and legs

  • Improve posture

Why Is Flexion-Distraction Technique Better Than Other Pain Treatments?

Unlike other forms of spinal decompression, the flexion-distraction technique works with the curvatures of the spine for a gentle, effective means of treating back pain. Although pain medication does reduce pain, it often causes nausea, dizziness, and other unwelcome side effects that can make it hard to complete daily tasks. Similarly, surgery is a largely invasive procedure that will require major downtime and has higher risks of complications. For these reasons and many more, patients opt for this method. 

Am I A Good Candidate For Flexion-Distraction Technique?

If you have back pain that does not go away and/or you have tried alternative methods that do not fully alleviate your pain, the Flexion-Distraction technique can be a viable option for you. We are the only chiropractic office in the South Charlotte area to offer MLS laser therapy. For more information about the flexion-distraction technique and other spinal manipulation treatments we offer, call Kinetic Spine & Sports in Weddington, NC at (704) 849-0344 today for your first consultation.