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Flexion Distraction is a gentle technique utilized by chiropractors to treat many conditions that cause low back pain. Using a hinged table that moves in several planes of motion we are able to comfortably mobilize the lumbar spine and low back musculature. Flexion paired with distraction creates a negative pressure within the intervertebral discs and will reduce a disc bulge or herniation to take pressure of the sensitive spinal nerves.

Since our intervertebral discs are primarily avascular, movement is necessary for nutrient exchange in a process called imbibition. This imbibition is essential for maintaining disc health and preventing degeneration.

Common Conditions Treated with Flexion Distraction:

  • Low back pain
  • Lumbar disc injuries (disc bulge, protrusion, herniation, rupture, slipped disc)
  • Sciatica/Leg pain
  • Facet Syndrome
  • General low back stiffness
  • Arthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of central canal or intervertebral foramen)
  • Sacroiliac syndrome
  • Nerve root compression
  • Failed back surgical syndrome