Flexion Distraction

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You don't have to live in debilitating pain. Whether you have lower back pain, a pinched nerve, sciatica, or a variety of symptoms related to damaged or degenerative discs, flexion distraction may be the solution for you. This gentle, non-surgical therapy can provide pain relief from a wide array of issues including sciatica pain, bulging or degenerative disc disease, and lumbar pain.

The gentle distractive forces of the therapy create a decompression of the spine with unloading due to distraction and proper positioning, to improve blood flow and nutrient exchange to the injured area. You'll experience several cycles of stretch and relaxation, which graduates to a peak over a period of several minutes. Therapy sessions typically last less than 20 minutes, 3 times a week for 1 month, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond, with most patients feeling pain relief with as few as 6-10 treatments. Most patients are released from treatment after 8 weeks.

A complete program targeting the function of the stabilization muscles is a vital part of flexion distraction. Exercise and adjunctive therapies such as muscle stimulation, intersegmental traction and cold laser therapy can assist in rehabilitation of these structures. Our goal is not only to help heal the disc, but to also enhance muscular control and support of the back and neck. Regular home exercise and periodic visits to our office will help in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the probability of re-occurrence. Clinical results of this type of therapy have been effective in over 75% of the patients treated and most patients find long-term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the entire program of treatments utilizing the flexion distraction.

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