Flexion Distraction Therapy and Chiropractic

Flexion Distraction Therapy is a specialized chiropractic technique designed to address various spinal conditions, most notably being compression of the spine. Flexion Distraction Therapy can provide relief when other methods fall short. 

What Is Flexion Distraction Therapy?

  • Definition: Flexion Distraction Therapy is a non-surgical, pain-free technique aimed at increasing spinal mobility and resolving issues like disc bulges and herniations.
  • How It Works:
    • Table Setup: Patients lie face down on a specialized table (often called a Hill table).
    • Gentle Motion: The table gently distracts and flexes the spine in a rhythmic motion.
    • Manual Techniques: Chiropractors may also use manual techniques to address specific disc herniations or bulges.

Clinical Benefits of Flexion Distraction Therapy

  1. Reduced Nerve Pressure:
    • Flexion Distraction takes pressure off spinal nerves affected by disc bulges or herniations.
    • It helps alleviate symptoms related to nerve compression, such as pain and numbness.
  2. Increased Spinal Motion:
    • The rhythmic motion maintains healthy discs through a process called imbibition.
    • Imbibition allows nutrients into spinal discs, keeping them well-articulated.
  3. Prevention of Surgical Intervention:
    • By promoting spinal health, Flexion Distraction Therapy can help prevent the need for surgery.

Conditions That May Benefit from Flexion Distraction Therapy

  • Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging, or herniated discs)
  • Low back pain
  • Leg pain (sciatica)
  • Arthritis
  • General lower back stiffness
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprain/strain
  • Scoliosis
  • Sacroiliac syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Failed back surgical syndrome

Is Flexion Distraction Therapy Painful?

  • No. Patients generally find it pleasant and relaxing.
  • It’s suitable for those recovering from surgery or recent injuries.

Safety Considerations

  • Flexion Distraction is gentle and well-suited for patients with osteoporosis or advanced age.
  • It effectively manages various conditions of the aging spine.