Flexion distraction works for disc related conditions by increasing the inter-vertebral disc height, removing annular tensions on the nerves and fibers, thus making more room while improving circulation. Flexion distraction normally utilizes a special table to help restore normal physiological range of motion to all of the spinal joints. The gentle mobilization/manipulation works with the body’s design to help it heal itself properly.
For non-disc related conditions such as sprain, scoliosis, and misalignment's, flexion distraction not only offers pain relief benefits, but it allows the doctor or therapist the ability of mobilizing the joints and associated soft tissue within the spine into more normal movements. Flexion Distraction is designed to target the low back para-spinal musculature and to restore motion within the lumbar facets in the lumbar spine.
Although flexion distraction is a gentle treatment, it is extremely powerful in the treatment of a very wide range of conditions. From simple problems like low back pain, low-back muscle spasms, and disc herniation, to more severe and complex conditions such as sciatica and disc degeneration, flexion distraction can help sufferers of nearly a dozen unique conditions.
Conditions That May Benefit From Flexion Distraction
Lumbar disc injuries
Low back pain
General lower back stiffness
Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
Failed back surgical syndrome
Flexion Distraction tables allow the practitioner to mobilize tissue and joints.
In complex cases it allows for a practitioner with options where a patient does respond well, or to other therapies may be contraindicated.
This therapy was developed in chiropractic circles but it has become a favourite tool with all of our therapists.