|Flexion Distraction Therapy - Chiropractors Near Me [Published on May 19, 2016] Flexion-Distraction is non-surgical, doctor-controlled, hands-on spinal manipulation performed with the patient lying on a Hill Air Flex F-n-D Chiropractic Table which permits effective administration of passive spinal manipulation as well as decompression of the intervertebral discs.|
Flexion-distraction therapy is a non-surgical chiropractic technique that utilizes a multi-function table that enables the chiropractor to combine decompression with other gentle non-force spinal adjustment techniques. Flexion-distraction is well suited for patients who need a lighter touch, such as patients recovering from spinal surgery, currently undergoing rehabilitation, or those with osteoporosis or of an advanced age.
Flexion-distraction therapy is well researched and is an effective intervention for:
- Reducing pressure on the spinal nerve(s) from a disc bulge or herniation
- Pain and disability among patients with lumbar spinal stenosis
- Increasing spinal motion within the disc and spinal joints
- A conservative option to surgery for herniated discs
- Reducing symptoms of sciatica
- Improving posture
This therapeutic intervention utilizes a specialized table that gently stretches the spine and, in effect, becomes an extension of the chiropractor’s hands, applying both decompression and movement of a joint(s) through a range of motions. The gentle pumping rhythm used creates negative pressure inside the disc creating a vacuum that sucks the gelatinous fluid back in. As the nucleus pulposus (vertebral disc’s jelly-like filling) re-attains its central position, pressure is taken off of the involved spinal nerve, reducing inflammation, and subsequently relieving the associated back and/or leg pain related to vertebral disc displacement.
Chiropractors have been using flexion-distraction for several years to manage a variety of conditions and assist patients in overcoming ongoing pain management, discomfort, temporary disability, and/or the need for spinal surgery.
Conditions that may benefit from flexion-distraction therapy:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Lumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging, or herniated “slipped disc”)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- General lower back stiffness associated with osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis
- Leg pain/Sciatica
- Low back pain
- Sacroiliac syndrome
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
|You can view a demonstration of our Hill Air-Flex Chiropractic Table ☜ HERE|
|Dr. Fralick and Dr. Konrad were both trained in this technique at New York Chiropractic College|