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Flexion Distraction therapy often helps when nothing else has.

What is Flexion Distraction?

Flexion Distraction is an advanced, traction based technique commonly used to manage the symptoms of disc injury and various other lower back complaints with great success.

It is a very gentle, non-invasive, conservative form of treatment for disc injuries, sciatica, lower back and lower leg symptoms including pins and needles and numbness. It is a reliable alternative to spinal surgery and often is the form of treatment that works when nothing else has.

This Chiropractic technique creates a gentle traction effect on the intervertebral disc (the disc between the vertebrae) which research has shown to create the following benefits:

  • Allows the nucleus inside the disc to assume its central position within the annular fibers and relieve irritations on the spinal nerve caused by swelling;
  • Increases the disc height to remove tension on the annular fibers and nerves by making more room and improving circulation to the area;
  • Restores vertebral joints to their normal physiological position (re-aligns the spine), improving posture and movement.

What does Flexion Distraction Involve?

It involves the use of a specially designed motorised table that simultaneously flexes the spine while it distracts (stretches) the spine in a gentle cyclic motion.

The Chiropractor applies pressure to the affected area to relieve pain, restore motion and realign the spine.

The gentle pumping rhythm of flexion distraction enables the spinal disc to be placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. Because of this negative pressure, disc material that has been protruded or herniated can be encouraged back into the normal confines of the disc allowing healing to occur. This technique can help move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root and eventually any associated pain, pins and needles, numbness or weakness of the leg (that may be related to your herniated disc)

Flexion Distraction therapy is a well-researched and powerful first line of treatment for back pain and other health conditions related to the lumbar spine.

Conditions that may Benefit from Flexion Distraction Therapy?

Our Chiropractors are all trained in Flexion Distraction therapy and by using this technique we can decrease your pain and improve your function.

Flexion Distraction therapy can be effective in the treatment of the symptoms associated with:

  • Degenerative vertebrae
  • Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Subluxation
  • Sprain/strain
  • Facet tropism
  • Facet syndrome
  • Transitional segment
  • Discogenic spondyloarthrosis
  • Post-surgical back pain
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic low back stiffness
  • Leg pain
  • Buttock pain
  • Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured discs, bulging discs, herniated ‘slipped discs’ or degenerated discs)

What does Flexion Distraction Involve?

It involves the use of a specially designed motorised table that simultaneously flexes the spine while it distracts (stretches) the spine in a gentle cyclic motion.

The Chiropractor applies pressure to the affected area to relieve pain, restore motion and realign the spine.

The gentle pumping rhythm of flexion distraction enables the spinal disc to be placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. Because of this negative pressure, disc material that has been protruded or herniated can be encouraged back into the normal confines of the disc allowing healing to occur. This technique can help move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root and eventually any associated pain, pins and needles, numbness or weakness of the leg (that may be related to your herniated disc)

Flexion Distraction therapy is a well-researched and powerful first line of treatment for back pain and other health conditions related to the lumbar spine.

Is Flexion Distraction Therapy Painful

Typically flexion distraction therapy is not painful, and in fact the large majority of people who have undergone this treatment advise they find it comfortable and relaxing. Because of its softer approach, it is often used with patients who are recovering from spinal surgery or a back injury. It is suitable for patients in extreme pain who may feel they are unable to tolerate heavier chiropractic adjustments. It is an ideal treatment for elderly patients who require a softer approach for conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis or advanced age.

Flexion Distraction and Spinal Surgery

Many patients find relief from flexion distraction therapy for a number of conditions and some even avoid spinal surgery.

If you are considering surgery, it might be a great idea to book a consultation with one of our experienced Chiropractors to see if you are a good candidate for this treatment. A trial of non surgical care may well be warranted prior to surgical intervention. Depending on the type of surgery, patients who have previously undergone spinal surgery can still be treated with flexion distraction therapy in most cases.