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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.

Many studies, like this 2015 one, evaluated how flexion-distraction manipulation treatments impacted pain levels and disability in patients with spinal stenosis, a condition marked by a narrowed spinal canal. Said narrowing can squeeze nerves, causing pain, numbness, weakness and cramping. The study showed that patients experienced significant pain reduction and the severity of their symptoms.

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.

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis
  • 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
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprain/strain

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.