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Manual Flexion-Distraction is a chiropractic technique designed to alleviate back and neck pain through a non-invasive, gentle stretching procedure. This therapy involves the use of a specialized table that allows the chiropractor to stretch and decompress the spine.


The key principle behind this technique is to create negative pressure within the intervertebral discs, promoting healing and pain relief.

Conditions Treated with Manual Flexion-Distraction

Manual Flexion-Distraction is particularly effective in treating a variety of spinal conditions, including:

  • Herniated Discs: By reducing pressure on the spinal discs, this technique helps in relieving the pain associated with disc herniation.

  • Sciatica: It alleviates the pressure on sciatic nerve roots, providing relief from the pain and discomfort caused by sciatica.

  • Low Back Pain: Ideal for patients suffering from chronic or acute lower back pain, offering a non-surgical alternative for pain relief.

  • Spinal Stenosis: By gently stretching the spine, it can increase the spinal canal space, reducing the symptoms of spinal stenosis.

  • Degenerative Disc Disease: This technique helps in managing pain and improving spinal flexibility in patients with degenerative disc disease.


How Chiropractors Use Manual Flexion-Distraction

  1. Assessment: Initially, we conduct a thorough assessment of the patient's spine to determine the suitability of the technique for their specific condition.

  2. Using the Flexion-Distraction Table: The patient lies face down on a specially designed table. This table segments to move independently, allowing us to apply gentle stretching and flexion motions to the spine.

  3. Targeted Treatment: We apply a series of controlled, repetitive movements focusing on the affected area of the spine. These movements help in decompressing the discs and relieving nerve pressure.

  4. Integrating Other Therapies: Often, we combine flexion distraction with other treatments such as manual adjustments, physiotherapy, or exercises to enhance healing and recovery.


Benefits of Manual Flexion-Distraction

  • Non-Invasive: A non-surgical alternative to relieve spinal pain and discomfort.

  • Safe: Considered one of the safest techniques, especially for patients who cannot undergo more rigorous manipulations.

  • Customizable: Each session is tailored to the patient's specific condition and comfort levels.

  • Promotes Overall Spinal Health: Beyond pain relief, it aids in improving spinal motion and overall wellness.




Manual Flexion-Distraction is a cornerstone technique in modern chiropractic care, offering patients a gentle, effective, and non-invasive option for spinal health and pain management.


Whether you're dealing with a specific spinal condition or seeking overall wellness, this therapy could be an integral part of your journey to optimal health. Give us a call today to get started.

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