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Flexion Distraction Technique

Flexion-Distraction is a advanced chiropractic technique used to treat people with a variety of painful conditions that have not responded to other treatment approaches. This painless non-invasive procedure is performed using a special treatment table that allows the practitioner to gently stretch and bend the back in various directions while he/she adds gentle pressure to different parts of the spine. There are no jerking movements at all. The table moves in a smooth rhythmic fashion as the practitioner moves his/her hands into different positions. Flexion-Distraction is a safe alternative to back surgery for those 95% of patients whose conditions do not demand surgical intervention. The doctor is in control of the treatment movements at all times.


Flexion-Distraction technique decompresses the disc by applying a gentle stretch or traction to the lower spine in a series of repetitive slow movements without quick movements or thrusts. The procedure is often used for people with disc problems, but can also be used to treat other conditions causing back pain.

Flexion-Distraction technique uses a specialized table to restore normal range of motion to the lumbar (lower back) spinal joints. Flexion-Distraction manipulation is a gentle, non-force adjusting procedure that works with the body’s natural design to aid in proper healing.

The benefits of Flexion-Distraction include transfer of metabolites to the spinal disc providing the nutrients needed for a healthy disc. The technique also decreases intradiscal pressure and allows for decompression of inflamed or compressed spinal nerve roots by opening the canal in which the nerve travels through.