by Dr. Sebastian Poma
The vast majority of us experience pain and discomfort around our spine, muscles and joints at times. For certain individuals, pain turns into a constant condition that endures weeks, months or even years.
Prescription pain relievers can be useful at times; however, they often help only to address the symptoms and not the cause of the pain. Flexion-Distraction treatment (F&D), provides care to the joints and muscles naturally to remove discomfort and pain.
What Is Flexion-Distraction Treatment?
Flexion-distraction treatment is performed on a sectioned table that moves as your doctor gradually puts the table into specific positions while stabilizing your spine in order to release segments, decompress the disc space and stretch the muscles. The table is used to stretch and depressurize your spine, thereby alleviating your back and radiating leg pain.
F&D can be used effectively with patients exhibiting at least one of the following:
- sacroiliac condition
- ankylosing spondylitis
- disc herniations
But Flexion-Distraction can also be exceptionally impactful in treating muscle related issues or low back pain where there is no obvious precipitating condition. The procedure is delicate enough to be used following spinal medical procedures and can be a significant piece of a post-procedure therapy plan.
Potential outcomes of Flexion-Distraction treatment
Patients receiving F&D are likely to experience:
- less strain on spinal nerves and discs
- reduced swelling of herniated discs
- greater scope of movement and versatility
- relief from constant back pain
- reduced neck and low pain and migraines
- less need for medical procedures (cortisone injections or surgery)
- decreased back, glute and leg pain/discomfort
- advanced overall well-being
Used frequently by chiropractors to mitigate effects of spinal stenosis, Flexion-Distraction treatment can be utilized to lessen pain and discomfort in the spine and muscles around it. It’s a great way to preserve our bodies and assist healing naturally.