WHAT IS FLEXION-DISTRACTION THERAPY?
Flexion-distraction therapy is performed on a segmented table that moves as your chiropractor slowly manipulates your spine. The manipulations, combined with the movements of the table, stretch and decompress your spine, relieving your back, leg, neck, or arm pain.
As your chiropractor performs the gentle manipulations, a section of the treatment table drops or moves, changing the positioning of your body. When your body drops slightly, gravity enhances the effects of treatment and helps realign your spine.
What Are the Benefits of the Treatment?
Flexion-distraction therapy can:
Reduce pressure on your spinal nerves and discs
Decrease bulging of herniated discs
Improve range of motion and mobility
Help you manage chronic back pain
Decrease neck pain and headaches
Eliminate or delay the need for surgery in some cases
Promote good disc health
Relieve pain and numbness in the back, buttocks, arms, and legs
In a study published in The Journal of Physical Therapy Science, researchers examined the effects of flexion-distraction manipulation on patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. The condition occurs when the spinal canal narrows and presses against the nerves that serve the lower back and legs, causing pain, weakness, numbness, and cramping.
Study participants who received flexion-distraction manipulation as part of their therapy experienced a greater reduction of their painful symptoms than those patients whose treatment did not include the technique.
NCBI: European Spine Journal: The Global Spine Care Initiative, 9/27/18
NCBI: Journal of Physical Therapy Science: Effects of Flexion-Distraction Manipulation Therapy on Pain and Disability in Patients with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, 6/30/15
Chiropractic Economics: The Extensive Benefits of a Chiropractic Flexion Table, 9/15/16
NCBI The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association: Innovative Application of Cox Flexion Distraction Decompression to the Knee: A Retrospective Case Series