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
- Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of central canal or intervertebral foramen)
- Sacroiliac syndrome
- Nerve root compression
- Failed back surgical syndrome