Flexion/distraction manipulation is used to decompress the disc and mobilize the spinal joints by applying a gentle stretch or traction to the lower spine, utilizing a series of repetitive slow movements. The procedure is used for people with disc problems, as well as lower back muscle and joint conditions. The gentle non force Flexion-Distraction technique uses a specialized table to restore normal physiological range of motion to the thoracic and lumbar spinal joints. This adjusting procedure works with the body's natural design to aid healing. The flexion-distraction adjustment also helps transfer metabolites into the spinal disc, decreasing intradiscal pressures and decompressing inflamed/compressed spinal nerve roots. With this procedure The doctor is in control of the treatment movements at all times, unlike other forms of mechanical spinal decompression.
Examlpe of flexion distraction adjustment
Flexion-Distraction is utilized for many conditions such as:
How flexion distraction works.
The doctor stabilizes the area above the joint or disc being treated, he then applies a gentle flexion by slowly lowering the patient’s legs, and this causes the disc height to increase, removing tension from the disc and allowing the nucleus or inner portion of the disc to retract off the spinal nerves, and to pull back toward its original position. This motion also restores the normal motion of the spinal joints, improves circulation to the disc and joints, and helps decrease swelling and inflammation.
Flexion distraction is our treatment of choice for most low back conditions. Because it is a gentle non forceful form of adjusting, it is preferred by most patients.