Flexion/distraction is a technique that is a non-invasive and effective means of treating low back pain and more specifically disc herniations, bulges, and spinal stenosis; and it also stretches the musculature. Flexion/distraction uses a specialized table. The patient is placed face down, and then the table is moved into flexion to create negative pressure in the disc. This is necessary to allow for the disc bulge/herniation to regress so as to help restore proper joint function, reduce inflammation and pain, and allow for better movement patterns.
Using a specific flexion table, the patient is first distracted via axial traction, and then the provider flexes the lumbar spine, while applying a forward axial compression, thereby opening up facet and joint margins along the spine, this can be used with accompanying muscle stimulation and cryotherapy, and is performed with repeat slow motion by the chiropractor.
Altered posture, forward leaning patients, who suffer from posterior compression or impingment by acute sciatic pain, respond to this technique, also facet joint arthrosis. Patients who are seeking facet injections for relief of pain, should first try this non-invasive procedure, without the just of drugs, injectibles or surgery, chiropractic flexion-distraction technique can re-establish joint motion, re-introduce slow joint flexion on damaged discs without painful inter-segmental injections.