Most of us will experience pain in our muscles and joints from time to time, and if we are lucky it will subside after a few days of rest. However, for some people the pain can become a chronic condition that lasts for years. Everyday life can become a struggle for those who suffer from bulging or herniated discs, pinched nerves, or spinal injuries. Spinal nerve compression can cause chronic pain and may result in the loss of sensation and severe muscle weakness. Many people seek medication and surgery for relief from spinal pain, but chiropractic care can offer safe, non-invasive treatment with lasting results. Our office recommends Flexion-Distraction Therapy for those who seek relief from pain in the neck, lower back, extremities, and pain due to spinal injuries or conditions.
What is Flexion-Distraction Therapy?
Flexion-Distraction Therapy is a technique that was developed by Dr. James M. Cox during the 1960s and is a well-researched and proven technique method of relieving pain, treating several spinal conditions, and helping to manage others.
It is a gentle technique that works to treat pain often caused by bulging discs or herniations. When any portion of the spine is under stress, problems can develop in other areas of the body. The goal of Flexion-Distraction Therapy to relieve the pressure on the spinal nerves and regain proper motion and function of the spine.
Some of the benefits of receiving Flexion-Distraction Therapy include:
- Reduced pressure on your spinal nerves and discs
- Improved range of motion and mobility
- Management of chronic pain
- Pain relief
- Improvement in posture
- A decrease in muscle stiffness or tightness
In some cases, this treatment method can eliminate or delay the need for corrective surgery.
How is it performed? Is it painful?
Flexion-Distraction Therapy involves the use of a special table that distracts and flexes in a smooth gentle rhythmic motion allowing the chiropractor to stretch and bend the body while using precise manual adjustments to correct misaligned parts of the spine. This special table is segmented, allowing your chiropractor to control the movements of the table and encourage proper spinal rotation. As your chiropractor performs manual manipulations, a section of the table moves smoothly to change the position of your body and allow gravity to help with treatment to realign your spine.
The goal is to move the spine in a gentle motion to remove pressure from the discs. This non-invasive procedure creates negative pressure and uses gravity to pull herniated discs back into alignment and restore the motion and function to the joint.
Flexion can be used to treat many forms of pain and stiffness associated with a variety of conditions. The technique is gentle enough to use after spinal surgery and can become an important part of your recovery plan. The movement of the table and technique is repetitive and slow without any quick thrusts or pressure, making it suitable for those who have brittle bones, arthritis, or need lighter forms of treatment due to condition or age.
What conditions does it help to treat?
Flexion-Distraction Therapy is a proven method in helping to treat or manage pain due to the following conditions:
- Spinal stenosis
- Lumbar disc injuries
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lower back pain
- Knee pain
Flexion-Distraction Therapy is a wonderful technique to help relieve your discomfort and live a life free of pain. If you are not sure if this treatment is right for you or would like more information, please contact 3D Intergrated Medical for a consultation.