The Flexion-Distraction Machine
Flexion-Distraction is a gentle chiropractic treatment procedure, used especially for back pain. Numerous researches have shown that Flexion-Distraction is a safe alternative to back surgery for those 95% of patients whose conditions do not require surgical intervention.
Basically, flexion/distraction spreads the vertebrae open, so that the pressure on the disc is alleviated. The machine we use is one in which the patient lays on the table (usually on their stomach) and one end of the table drops or moves to produce a bend in the spine that stretches open the area between the vertebrae. This movement hydrates the disc by allowing the body to pump fluids back into the disc. Therefore, the main purpose of flexion/distraction is to simply rehydrate the discs that have become dehydrated and inflexible from natural or mechanical causes that cause spinal compression.
Flexion-Distraction is utilized for many conditions such as:
- Failed Back surgical Syndromes
- Disc Herniation (Slipped Disc)
- Sciatica / Leg pain
- Transitional segment
- And many more conditions….
How does Flexion-Distraction Work?
For Disc related conditions:
- Increases the intervertebral disc height (Height between bones of our spine) to remove annular tension (stress) on the annular fibers and nerve roots by making more room and improving circulation.
- Allows the nucleus pulposus, the center of the disc, to assume its central position thus helping to relieve irritation of the spinal nerve.
- Restores function to vertebral joints and allows them to move as intended.
- Improves posture and locomotion while relieving pain, improving body functions, and creating a state of well-being.
For Non-Disc related conditions:
Patients with other conditions causing back pain (facet syndrome, spondylolisthesis, sprain/strain, scoliosis, transitional vertebra, sacroiliac restrictions and misalignment, certain types of spinal stenosis), Flexion/Distraction provides all of the above benefits plus the ability to place the spinal joints into normal, painless movements so as to restore spinal motion without pain:
- The posterior disc space increases in height.
- F/D decreases disc protrusion and reduces stenosis.
- Flexion increases metabolite transport into the disc.
- Flexion opens the joints and reduces posterior disc stress
- Intervertebral foraminal openings enlarge giving more space to the nerve.