Flexion-Distraction Therapy

Side view of a girl laying on a tilted chiropractic table

Spinal manipulation techniques work to help alleviate uncomfortable symptoms present within the spine, including painful disc herniations, nerve pinches, and numbness throughout the upper legs. The effects of flexion-distraction therapy are an improvement on this treatment. At Kinetic Spine & Sports, our therapists can experience long-term pain relief resulting from back pain and chronic conditions.

How Does The Flexion-Distraction Technique Work?

Flexion-Distraction therapy works through spinal manipulation and decompression techniques to adjust the spine. As a form of chiropractic manipulation, it affects the spine by widening the disc space opening, decreasing overall pressure in the discs and aids in the healing of disc herniations, increasing nerve opening sizes, and increasing the range of motion in the spine for drastic pain relief.

This technique works best for chronic back conditions such as spinal stenosis, sciatica pain, muscle spasms, and other lower back pain conditions. 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. The flexion-distraction technique works best through regular visits, at least twice a week, to maintain long-lasting effects. Its primary goal is to relieve at least 50% of pain experienced throughout the back within 30 days or more.

The Benefits of Flexion Distraction Therapy

Spinal Disc pressure can be caused by a number of factors. For those who experience compressed discs on a daily basis, flexion-distraction therapy gives your disc joints the maximum amount of cushion and support for your spine. It also relieves pressure on the nerves running along the spine. Because of the effectiveness of this technique, many patients will experience:

  • Improved Range of Motion
  • Proper Treatment for Herniated Discs
  • Reduced Stiffness, Pain, and Numbness
  • Improved Back Posture

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. Flexion-distraction provides relief for various conditions; including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, lumbar disc herniation, scoliosis, and mechanical back pain.

How is Flexion-Distraction Therapy Performed?

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 using 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 to alignment. Dr. Dan can treat different sections of the spine, using the table and applying gentle pressure to reduce pain and restore a more normal range of motion.

For more information about the flexion-distraction technique and other spinal manipulation treatments we offer, visit Kinetic Spine & Sports in Weddington, NC today for your first consultation.