Flexion Distraction

We Offer Flexion-Distraction in Our Parma Chiropractic Office

At Baker Chiropractic Wellness Center, our goal is to help you enjoy maximum spinal health. That is why we offer flexion-distraction therapy to all of our Parma chiropractic patients. What is flexion-distraction?

Flexion-Distraction Defined

Flexion-distraction therapy is similar to spinal decompression therapy in that traction is used to stretch your spine, thus reducing pressure on any discs that may be somehow compacted, before flexing it. This pattern of flexion and distraction, or stretching, is continued during the entire course of the treatment. 

This technique alleviates pressure being placed on nerves along the spinal column, resulting in less pain for you and an easier time moving about. Dr. Baker is also able to combine flexion-distraction with the Koren Specific Technique (KST) to allow him to make corrections to your spinal discs, thus offering an even greater healing effect.

There are many different conditions that respond very well to flexion-distraction therapy. These include sciatica, lower back pain, arthritis, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs, just to name a few. It has also been found helpful in cases of injury, such as a sprain or strain.

What to Expect In a Flexion Distraction Session

When you come to our Parma chiropractic office for a flexion-distraction session, you can expect a gentle and relaxing experience in which the number one goal is to decrease your pain and increase your range of motion. While it may sound like stretching and flexing the spine would be painful, most patients report that it actually feels quite good.

Research Confirms Flexion-Distraction’s Positive Effects

Various studies have confirmed that flexion-distraction works. For instance, one study published in the European Spine Journal involving 235 participants found that the individuals who engaged in flexion-distraction therapy had “significantly less pain after intervention” when compared to the persons in the study who only did some basic exercises for their chronic low back pain. 

Another study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science provided evidence that flexion-distraction increased the space between discs, which helps relieve the pain. 

o find out if flexion-distraction is right for you, contact our Parma chiropractic office and schedule an appointment today!


Resources
Choi, J et al. (2014, August). The effects of manual therapy using joint mobilization and flexion-distraction techniques on chronic low back pain and disc heights. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 26(8), 1259-1262, doi: 10.1589/jpts.26.1259
Gudavalli, M et al. (2006, July). A randomized clinical trial and subgroup analysis to compare flexion-distraction with active exercise for chronic low back pain. European Spine Journal, 15(7), 1070-1082, doi: 10.1007/s00586-005-0021-B