Flexion distraction is a type of adjusting technique chiropractors apply to their patients using the help of a specially designed table to gently decompress the spine and relieve symptoms such as low back pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, sciatica. This process uses non-weight bearing movement to allow for gentle relief of sticky or painful areas. Most patients enjoy the delicate nature of this technique used to decompress the spine. Flexion distraction is how we put the maximum amount of motion back into a joint that is feeling stiff or experiencing difficulty to do so on its own.
Patients suffering from acute low back pain, disc degeneration, disc herniation, and compression in the lower back and hips will benefit the most from this type of adjustment. While we would love to be able to “pop” someone’s back right into normal and pain free, as many of us know the body is more complex than that. Many conditions will require a different approach and often something more gentle than a typical adjustment.