Everyday life can be a frustrating struggle for people who suffer from bulging discs, pinched nerves, and spinal injuries. Not only can these spinal nerve compression issues trigger chronic pain, but they can also cause loss of sensation in the extremities and severe weakness that will impact the quality of life.
The spine is made up of vertebrae and small joints, known as facet joints, which allows the spine to move easily. Fluid-filled cushions of cartilage, called discs, lay between the vertebrae to prevent bone-on-bone friction and absorb impacts. However, a wide range of unfortunate circumstances can affect this alignment. For instance, a car accident or sports accident can cause enough force to push the vertebrae out of position with each other, resulting in a disc to bulge or herniate. Besides undergoing risky and major surgery or using painkillers for the rest of your life, there is a safer, non-invasive, natural alternative – flexion distraction therapy.
Flexion Distraction is a chiropractic technique used to treat many conditions of the lumbar spine. It is a non-surgical technique aimed at increasing spinal motion and resolving disc bulges and disc herniations. The treatment is excellent as a safe, gentle, non-force procedure and works well to take the pressure off the spinal nerves that may be injured or dysfunctional.
Flexion Distraction involves using a special table that distracts and flexes the spine in an automated and gentle rhythmic motion. The Chiropractic Doctor will use some manual techniques with the table to resolve the disc herniation or bulge. The goal is to allow the spine to move correctly in a manner that will remove pressure from the disc bulge. It does this by creating a negative pressure that pulls the disc bulge back into the spine. The flexion distraction motion also maintains healthy discs through imbibition. The motion allows nutrients into the spinal disc and keeps them well articulated.
No. Because of its gentle, non-force nature, it is often used with patients who are recovering from spinal surgery or who are in rehabilitation. Generally, the patient is not subjected to increased pain and discomfort during the treatment, and in fact, many patients report that they find it pleasant and relaxing.
Yes. Movements are repetitive and usually slow, without any quick thrusts or undue pressure. The gentle nature of Flexion Distraction makes it particularly well suited for patients who need a lighter touch, such as those with osteoporosis or of advanced age. In fact, Flexion Distraction has been successfully used to help manage many conditions of the aging spine including degenerative disc disease, spinal stiffness associated with osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis.
Flexion Distraction Therapy is well researched and has been proven effective. Chiropractors have been using this method for many years to manage the symptoms of sciatica and disc herniation and have saved many patients from ongoing pain management, discomfort, temporary disability, and spinal surgery.