This powerful method is a technique used by chiropractors to treat many different conditions of the lumbar spine. This technique is aimed to increase spinal motion and fix disc bulges or herniations. The best part is this technique is a non-surgical method.
What is Flexion-Distraction Therapy?
Flexion - Distraction Therapy is a treatment often used for lumbar disc injuries (herniation, bulges, etc.) and for other low back and lower extremity radicular conditions.
How well does Flexion-Distraction Therapy work?
In a study published in European Spine Journal, researchers found that the use of flexion distraction is beneficial for people who suffer from chronic lower back pain (defined as back pain lasting more than three months). Performing a control study in which 235 individuals were recruited and qualified as having chronic lower back pain, 123 received flexion distraction and the remaining 112 engaged in standard therapeutic exercises with trained physical therapists.1
Based on their findings, researchers concluded that participants who engaged in flexion distraction treatment via chiropractic care “had significantly greater relief from perceived pain” when compared to subjects who completed physical therapy. Thus, flexion distraction tables can be used by chiropractic professionals as part of an effective pain-relieving treatment plan.1
1Guadavalli MR, et al. “A randomized clinical trial and subgroup analysis to compare flexion-distraction with active exercise for chronic low back pain.” Eur Spine J. 2006:15(7);1070-1082.