Chronic pain can be frustrating, particularly when it doesn’t respond to the usual treatments. That’s what makes chiropractors such powerful healers—they have a variety of chiropractic techniques at their disposal to help patients avoid medication or surgery.
Flexion distraction is one of those techniques. A gentle form of manual therapy, this low-force alternative can help relieve back and neck pain caused by a variety of conditions, from ruptured discs to whiplash to spinal stenosis. In one study, flexion distraction proved more effective than physical therapy at keeping pain away up to a year after the initial treatment.
How it works
Flexion distraction is administered on a chiropractic table specially designed to bend the patient at the waist, which helps separate the vertebrae while the practitioner applies gentle pressure to different parts of the spine. The pressure slowly puts troubled joints through their full range of motion, restoring them to health.
The technique results in several benefits that help with pain relief. Not only does it increase the space between intervertebral discs, relieving pressure from herniated discs, but it also helps decompress the spine while giving nerves more breathing room.
Most commonly used as a treatment for herniated, ruptured and bulging discs, flexion distraction has been shown to help treat pain caused by a wide variety of problems, including:
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Sciatica and other leg pain
- Arm and neck pain
- Chemical radiculitis
- Transitional segments
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