Flexion Distraction

Flexion Distraction Therapy is an advanced, traction based therapy commonly used to manage the symptoms of disc injury and various other low back complaints with great success. It is a very effective, safe, gentle, non-force and non-surgical procedure and very effective in managing herniated discs and sciatica.

Flexion Distraction Therapy involves the use of a specialized table that simultaneously distracts (stretches) and flexes the spine in a gentle cyclic motion. The chiropractor applies gentle pressure to specific areas of contact that is intended to relieve pain, as well as restore motion and realign the spine


How does this therapy 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 the Therapy

• Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging or herniated “slipped disc”)
• Low back pain
• Leg pain
• Arthritis
• General lower back stiffness
• Spondylolisthesis
• Sprain/strain
• Scoliosis
• Sacroiliac syndrome
Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
• Ankylosing spondylitis
• Failed back surgical syndrome



I have arthritis, is it safe?

Yes. Movements are repetitive and usually slow, without any quick thrusts or undue pressure.

The gentle nature of Flexion Distraction makes it particularly well suited for patients who need a lighter touch, such as those with osteoporosis or of an advanced age. In fact, Flexion Distraction has been successfully used to help manage many conditions of the aging spine including degenerative disc disease, spinal stiffness associated with osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis.

Flexion Distraction Therapy is well researched and has been proven effective. Chiropractors have been using this method for many years to manage the symptoms of sciatica and disc herniation and have saved many patients from ongoing pain management, discomfort, temporary disability and spinal surgery.

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