Flexion Distraction Table
The flexion distraction table is a chiropractic technique involving a table that can safely move the spine in a therapeutic way to alleviate pain and take pressure off the lumbar spine. This in turn can eliminate pain in your arms, legs and neck, too. Flexion distraction is a non-invasive, non-surgical chiropractic method that offers pain relief. Reinen Beyler Chiropractic offers this service to our patients in our Verona WI office.
How the Flexion Distraction Table Works
The goal of flexion distraction is to increase spinal motion and improve overall function. We utilize the table to gently flex your spine in various directions, and if your health needs require it, we pair manual techniques to help get a bulging or herniated disc back in place.
Treatment begins with preparation. Dr. Beyler dials the table into the correct position. From there, he gently works the machine to manipulate your back. Movement involves flexion and distraction of the spine to increase space between vertebrae. By the end of therapy, patients can experience a dramatic drop in pain.
Benefits of Flexion Distraction
Statistics show that the most common cause for disc herniation is aging; not injury. As you age, your disks become less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing. Your discs become less flexible due to age-related degeneration.
At the core of this is hydration. When you’re young, your discs are 80% water. This decreases as you age mainly due to poor blood flow. Yes, hydration is important, but if you don’t have good blood flow to your discs, then not enough fluids and nutrients will make it in. Flexion distraction therapy helps loosen you up, promote better blood flow, restore range of motion, and help stave of natural degeneration.
Other flexion distraction therapy benefits include reduced pressure on spinal nerves, decreased headache occurrences, better good disc health, and eliminated or delayed need for surgery.
In a study published in The Journal of Physical Therapy Science, researchers examined the effects of flexion-distraction manipulation on patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. The condition occurs when the spinal canal narrows and presses against the nerves that serve the lower back and legs, causing pain, weakness, numbness, and cramping.
Study participants who received flexion-distraction manipulation as part of their therapy experienced a greater reduction of their painful symptoms than those patients whose treatment did not include the technique.
Biomechanical studies and high-level randomized clinical trials support the efficacy of flexion distraction therapy, In the largest data collection of low back pain outcomes (1000 cases), it took an average of 12-13 visits in 29 days to relieve pain.
- Back surgeries that failed to relieve painLumbar disc injuries (ruptured, bulging or herniated “slipped disc”)
- General lower back stiffness
- Leg pain/Sciatica
- Low back pain
- Sacroiliac syndrome
Have questions or need to schedule an appointment? Give Reinen Beyler Chiropractic a call at (608) 334-8860 or go online and fill out our contact form.