Flexion Distraction Treatment Q & A
What is flexion-distraction therapy?
Flexion-distraction therapy is a noninvasive, hands-on chiropractic technique that targets pain-related conditions of the lumbar spine. Not only does flexion-distraction therapy improve spinal motion, it also relieves pressure from spinal nerves.
Dr. Vickers and his team often recommend this safe, gentle treatment to men and women suffering from bulging or herniated discs.
Which conditions can flexion-distraction therapy treat?
Dr. Vickers and his team use flexion-distraction therapy to treat many conditions of the lumbar spine, including:
- Herniated disc
- Postsurgical pain
- Facet syndrome
- Back pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Neck pain
- Grade I spondylolisthesis
- Pregnancy-related back pain
- Knee pain
- Muscle strain
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Lower back stiffness
Flexion-distraction therapy has even been shown to be an effective chiropractic treatment for pelvic pain, chronic headaches and migraines, and more.
What are the benefits of flexion-distraction therapy?
The most important benefit of flexion-distraction therapy is that it’s as effective as it is gentle. Dr. Vickers never uses quick moves or too much force when performing your treatment. In fact, most patients describe their sessions as relaxing.
Some other important flexion-distraction therapy benefits are that it:
- Increases spinal motion
- Reduces pressure on the spinal nerves
- Widens the spinal canal foraminal area by up to 28%
- Drops intradiscal pressure
When performed by a certified chiropractor like Dr. Vickers, flexion-distraction therapy is a nonsurgical alternative for injections and invasive surgical procedures.
How is flexion-distraction therapy performed?
During your session, you will lie face down on a special table that Dr. Vickers can move and manipulate to gently distract and flex your spine. As he moves the table, he also uses manual techniques to reduce spinal pressure and relieve bulging disc pain.
The length of your session depends on the location, severity, and cause of your pain. In most cases of back pain, you should begin to feel lasting relief from your pain in as little as 12 sessions.
The goal of flexion-distraction therapy is to reduce your pain by up to 50% in the first month of treatment. As an effective, evidence-based form of therapy, flexion-distraction treatments can provide lasting relief from your chronic pain.
To learn more about the benefits of flexion-distraction therapy, call the expert team at Allied Healthcare, LLC, or schedule a visit online today.