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  • Writer's pictureTanvi Desai

How can the Flexion Distraction method help heal spinal discs?

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

Back pain is among the topmost reasons for visiting a doctor–in America today. But as common as it may be, there is no reason for you to live with it. And at Lotus Chiropractic Care, Flexion-Distraction is a technique we use to relieve pain and other associated symptoms.

The Flexion-Distraction technique has been an incredibly effective form of chiropractic therapy–helpful in treating several conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine. This treatment is performed using a specialized table designed for this task.

I will use this article to walk you through the basics of this treatment.

  • What IS Flexion Distraction?

  • How does the Flexion-Distraction table work?

  • What conditions can it help treat?

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The “technique” of Flexion Distraction

Like every chiropractic technique, this is a non-invasive, gentle approach to improving spinal health–and has been useful in healing spinal discs and muscle/joint pain for many patients.

Think of the flexion-distraction technique as a “gentle stretch” used to decompress the herniated discs. Treating the disc bulges allows the spine to move naturally–taking off pressure from the herniated disc or an injured spinal nerve. This technique is particularly beneficial in reducing pain, correcting posture, and improving the range of motion.

How does a flexion-distraction table work?

The Flexion table is designed to adjust the spine using slow, controlled movements. While the patient lies face down, I will primarily move different parts of the table to manipulate the patient’s body–along with other techniques. The pivots of the table work in a gentle rhythm and create a negative pressure–pulling any disc bulge back into the spine.

What conditions can be treated?

Flexion-Distraction therapy has been effective in treating a variety of conditions. The most common ones include:

  • Lumbar disc injuries

  • Sciatica

  • Arthritis

  • Scoliosis

  • Lower back pain or stiffness

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

Patients who have come in with lower back pain, neck pain, or any of the above issues–have benefited immensely from flexion-distraction therapy.

Is Flexion Distraction for you?

Like many other forms of chiropractic care, this technique is for anyone looking for a gentle, non-invasive solution to their problems. It is among the safest alternatives to drugs or surgeries–and can greatly ease your pain and discomfort.

Are you unsure if the treatment is right for you? Please do not hesitate to pay a visit to your chiropractor. At Lotus Chiropractic Care, Dr Tanvi Desai will assess your condition, preferences, and needs–to identify the right treatment plan for you. The ultimate goal will be to provide you with the relief you deserve!

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