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Flexion-Distraction Technique

Flexion-Distraction is a popular chiropractic technique that aides in reducing pain in the body using decompression. This chiropractic technique does not involve any adjustments – flexion-distraction is the art of decreasing spinal pressure by stretching out the spine. The technique requires a specific chiropractic table that allows for the patient’s body to distract, i.e. stretch, at the same time that the doctor manipulates, i.e. flexes, the spine. During the entire flexion-distraction treatment, the patient lies comfortably on the table, allowing for the table and the doctor to control all body movements.

The flexion-distraction technique is different than Spinal Decompression because with flexion-distraction, when the spine is put into distraction (the stretch), the body can be moved into different directions, reducing the individual spinal pressures that initiated the pain. In comparison, with Spinal Decompression the body is locked onto the table for an extended period of time and can only be moved in one plane of motion.

Flexion-distraction can treat but is not limited to:

  • Disc herniations
  • Slipped discs
  • Facet syndrome
  • Stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis

Book an initial complementary visit with Dr. Caruana to learn more about Flexion-Distraction & your chiropractor needs. Results of treatment varies on an individual basis.

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